Small Businesses Powered by Solar in Ohio

Third Sun Solar is a supporter of Small Business Saturday! 

In the flurry of marketing holidays between Black Friday and Giving Tuesday, this important one comes right in the middle.  

The intention of the holiday is simple: bring more attention to small local businesses.  

We are participating this year by highlighting just a handful of small businesses that have gone solar with us.   

The businesses selected have retail products, so if you are looking for a unique gift for a loved one this holiday season, some of these Ohio Small businesses might be right up your alley!  

Little Fish Brewing Company

Solar Installation: Athens, OH, 2019
Little Fish Brewing Company in Athens, Ohio brews with a "farmhouse mentality" They get their inspiration from locally sourced ingredients and the majority of their grain comes from Ohio growers. They are powered by the sun, buy wind credits to offset the rest, and even have an EV charger available to guests.
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Smith True Value Hardware

Solar Installation: Bellville, OH, 2015
Smith True Value Hardware was founded in 1977 when Brad and Karen Smith purchased the former business: “The House of Wood” They continued to provide their customers with gifts, crafts, paint, and some hardware for several years before deciding to become a full-service hardware store. In 1997 the business became a True Value affiliate.
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Lance's Trailer Sales

Solar Installation: Athens, OH, 2017
Lance’s trailer sales is an authorized Featherlite, Exiss/Sooner, Sundowner, CornPro, Haulmark, RC, Diamond C, Moritz, ATC, PJ, and Carry-On dealer and also offer many brands of pre-owned trailers. They offer financing, parts and service in addition to sales.
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The Feve

Solar Installation: Oberlin, OH, 2017
The Feve is a bar and restaurant in Oberlin Ohio that has been in business for over 30 years! They have everything from craft cocktails to burgers to vegetarian and vegan friendly menu options.
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Jackie O's Brewery

Solar Installation: Athens, OH, 2016
Jackie O’s commitment to sustainability runs deep. They partner with Ohio farmers, Ohio artists and non-profit organizations and other Ohio businesses. Beyond environmental sustainability they focus on supporting the local economy by providing solid jobs for great people. They have beer, apparel, glassware, hats & more!
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Village Bakery

Solar Installation: Athens, OH, 2010, 2013 expansion
Village Bakery's motto is: "Powered by the Wind, Soil and Sun, for Generations to Come!" They partner with farmers, food producers and other makers to offer their patrons a phenomenal section of food and non-food gifts.
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Rural Action

Solar Installation: The Plains, OH, 2020
Rural Action's mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. UpCycle Thrift (one of a few social enterprises owned by Rural Action) is a great place to find unique, second-hand items while supporting zero waste efforts and an incredible non-profit!
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Columbus Zoo

Solar Installation: Columbus, OH, 2020
Read more about the Columbus Zoo!
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Firenza Stone

Solar Installation: Eastlake, OH, 2019
Firenza stone is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business. They offer luxury countertops of marble and granite, to cabinetry, tile and flooring as well as design.
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ACE Hardware, Baltimore OH

Solar Installation: Baltimore, OH, 2016
Did you know? ACE hardware is a member cooperative, and every ACE Hardware store is independently owned. When interviewed about the solar installation, Manager Rick Foreman said: “I went solar for the financial incentives; it’s all about the dollars and the cents really. Since my installation, I’ve been saving about 70-80 percent off my electricity bill. To put it simply, it’s been great.”
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