SPRINGFIELD, Ill., and STILLWATER, Okla. — The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen and expand the complementary relationship between the two associations.

Doug Dougherty, GEO president and CEO, and Bob Ingersoll, IGSHPA executive director, signed the MOU as the two organizations share a common interest in advancing the geothermal/ground-source heat pump industry.

“GEO is pleased to partner with IGSHPA to promote the geothermal/ground-source heat pump industry,” said Dougherty. “Through joint communication, cooperation, and initiatives, our goal is to grow geothermal market share, promote training and certification for installers, and create business opportunities for every segment of the industry.”

IGSHPA and GEO will establish a joint task force to coordinate the efforts of the organizations as related to advocacy, research, and promotion of the industry; organizational committees will exchange information on technical and scientific public policy matters; and staff of both organizations will be in frequent communication about items of mutual interest.

“All affiliated geothermal-related businesses representing architects, engineers, designers, installers, and suppliers must work effectively together to move the paradigm from a niche market to mainstream,” said Ingersoll. “GEO concentrates on advocacy for federal and state policies that will be beneficial to the industry, while IGSHPA concentrates on research, standards, and training. We all must do our work well and in a unified manner to be successful. IGSHPA looks forward to a strong partnership with GEO to advance the geothermal/ground-source heat pump industry.”

IGSHPA is an association of companies, professionals, and users dedicated to promoting the science, utility, and use of geothermal (ground-source) heating and cooling technology. For more information, visit www.igshpa.org.

GEO is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of the geothermal/ground-source heat pump industry across the United States. For more information, visit www.geoexchange.org.

Publication date: 12/25/2015

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