SolWest Fair July 25-27 in John Day, Oregon features keynote speaker Greg Pahl, 50 free workshops and three extended pre-fair workshops: Hands-on Installation, "Small Wind Power for Homes, Farms, Business, and Schools," and "Building a High Performance Home."
Preparations are underway for SolWest Fair's big 10th anniversary celebration July 25-27 at the Grant County Fairgrounds in John Day, Oregon! We're planning the best SolWest yet! Here's a sneak preview of some of the speakers and happenings:
Last year SolWest hosted 56 exhibitors and 2,400 participants. We expect many exhibitors will again bring the hands-on and interactive displays which kept so many viewers engaged in 2007. Solar hot water, wind and solar electricity will again be produced by working systems on the fairgrounds. Saturday is always family day at SolWest, and our volunteer presenters are planning new and exciting activities for children of all ages.
As usual, SolWest will have over 50 workshops for young, old, technically-knowledgeable and renewable newbies. Workshops will cover the hardware, skills, and philosophy of sustainable living. Workshops already scheduled include solar measurement and data logging, solar cooking, solar hot water, electric vehicle options, passive solar homes, and solar water pumping choices. All regular SolWest workshops are free with fair entry.
In addition to the regular 1-hour workshops, we have three extended pre-fair workshop for which advance signup is required: our three-day Hands-on Installation Workshop July 22-24 will install a 2-kW utility-intertied, battery-backup, solar electric system. The "Small Wind Power for Homes, Farms, Business, and Schools" workshop July 24-25 will provide an overview of wind power with an emphasis on small wind turbine applications. Christopher Dymond of the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) will present "Building a High Performance Home" on July 25. He'll cover the technical requirements and financial incentives associated with building a home to Oregon's new High Performance Home Tax Credit (up to $12,000). For more details, or to sign up for the workshops and the Solwest mailing list, call 575-3633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .