Join The Movement – Athens County, Ohio

UpGrade Ohio connects people with local resources to reduce energy use and to access renewable energy solutions, paving the way for a sustainable energy transition in the state of Ohio. With collaboration, we hope to support a strong mandate to implement energy reform.

UpGrade Ohio will transform the energy economy in Ohio by engaging Appalachian citizens in energy awareness, resulting in collective action that reduces energy consumption, increases energy efficiency, spurs technological innovation, and improves long-term economic and environmental sustainability for the region.

UpGrade Athens County, a project of UpGrade Ohio, is a semi-finalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize!

It’s a two-year competition that challenges communities to reduce their energy consumption through innovation and community engagement. The winning community receives a $5 million prize to use on transformational energy projects!

The competition ends on the last day of 2016. This is a call to all the UpGraders, in Athens and beyond!


Thanks to the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council’s (SOPEC) successful grant application, the USDA Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) program provides free renewable energy site assessments (geothermal, solar, biogas) to small businesses and agricultural producers in an 8-county region of SE Ohio. This is a two-year grant funded program funded through USDA Rural Development, administrated by UpGrade Ohio with oversight from SOPEC.


If you are a small business and agricultural producer located in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, or Washington county, please complete this short application form to begin the process of scheduling a free site assessment. Once the application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by program administrators. If your application is approved, you will be contacted in 3-7 business days to schedule an appointment.

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The Ohio University Credit Union is now offering 0% financing for the purchase of new and used hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric car models for those that live and/or work in Athens County, Ohio! In the first few months of this EV Loan Program, only all-electrics were available for 0% financing; adding hybrids highlights our commitment to follow community interest.

UpGrade Athens County has recognized that hybrid vehicle technology is not only a good bridge for cleaner transportation in the future, but also a great compromise to buyers that seek very high fuel efficiency and the option to take long trips while still supporting a smarter way forward. Contact our team to have personal discussion about which vehicle is best for your needs and we will help you find the right deal!