Please join the Montana Renewable Energy Association for our 8th Annual Montana Clean Energy Fair on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 9a-4p at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds (901 N. Black Ave.) in Bozeman, MT. We are thrilled to be holding the Montana Clean Energy Fair in Bozeman for a first time!
The fair will include workshops on solar, wind, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, and other clean energy technologies; exhibits by clean energy businesses; and an electric car show. Plus there will be food vendors and kids' activities including a bouncy castle, solar ovens, and model solar car races.
Interested in learning more about who you'll have the opportunity to engage with on August 11? Read more from our latest series, "Who You'll Meet at the Fair"!
The Workshops will take place through the day, starting at 10 am and running through 3:45 pm. More information on the topics and speakers are below. You can also download a copy of the full list of topics and speaker bios.
10:00 – 10:45 am: Solar Electricity Basics (Exhibit Building #2)
Dan Kenworthy, Kenworthy Electric
Think solar is expensive? When’s the last time you checked? Solar photovoltaic costs have dropped dramatically over the last 5 years, and there's never been a better time to produce your own power from the sun. Learn the ins and outs from industry veteran Dan Kenworthy.
10:00 – 10:45 am: Large-Scale Solar and Wind (Exhibit Building #3)
Amy Berg Pickett, Cypress Creek Renewables
Montana has tremendous wind and solar resources, and in the past decade more than a dozen wind farms have been built across the state. Recently, large scale solar arrays have made their way to Montana. What’s next for large-scale wind and solar development?
11:00 – 11:45 am: Smart Solar Shopping (Exhibit Building #2)
Ben Brouwer, Montana Energy Office, Department of Environmental Quality
How do I even begin if I’m thinking about buying solar electricity to offset my power bill? Ben will explain how to set appropriate solar goals for your home or business, estimate costs, find a contractor, and review solar bids. This session is a must for anyone who’s interested in the exciting market of solar energy.
11:00 – 11:45 am: Batteries and Energy Storage (Exhibit Building #3)
Kyle Bolger, Blue Planet Energy
Have you been wondering when and if you need batteries for emergency backup or how to store electricity for your on-grid or off-grid house? Join Kyle Bolger to learn about battery history, options, and the evolving technologies of energy storage. The battery revolution is on and is poised to change our entire way of thinking about electricity and independence!
12:00 – 12:45 pm: Financing and Incentives (Exhibit Building #2)
Ben Brouwer, Montana Energy Office, Department of Environmental Quality; Paul Herendeen, Missoula Federal Credit Union
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there are incentives, tax credits, low interest loans, and other programs that can help you finance your renewable energy project. Find out which incentives will work for you, and see how your investment will net returns.
12:00 – 12:45 pm: Electric Vehicles Show-and-Tell (Exhibit Building #3)
Kyla Maki, Montana Department of Environmental Quality; Alicia Cox, Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities; Bill Clem, KERBSpace; plus electric vehicle owners.
Get the low-down on electric cars and what they have to offer you and your community. This workshop starts with an overview of the technology, will cover how electric buses are changing the public transit landscape, and ends with a show and tell from car owners. This electric car show is truly a unique event for Montanans!
1:00 – 1:45 pm: Solar 2.0: Taking Solar Electricity to the Next Level (Exhibit Building #2)
Dave Ryan, P.E., Balance Engineering
You’ve already installed solar on your home. But what's next? Join us for a workshop on living life after installing solar. Now that you are producing your own electricity, have you thought about getting more out of your PV system? Did you know you may be able to expand your system with more panels? Have you thought about integrating an electric vehicle or at-home battery storage? We cover all this and more at this exciting workshop.
1:00 – 1:45 pm: Efficient Water Heating Options for Home and Business (Exhibit Building #3)
Todd Hoitsma, Liquid Solar Systems
Water heating uses up to a third of a building’s energy demand. With lower cost solar PV and new innovative water heaters, there are many ways to improve on the standard inefficient water heating systems. In this session Todd Hoitsma of Liquid Solar will review water heating technologies and compare tank vs tankless, electric vs. gas, heat pump water heaters, and solar thermal vs solar PV to help determine what makes most sense in your home or business.
2:00 – 2:45 pm: Renewable Energy Policy (Exhibit Building #2)
Brian Fadie, Montana Environmental Information Center; Diego Rivas, NW Energy Coalition
The upcoming legislative session is likely to see another round of bills addressing net metering, renewable energy incentives and tax credits, and more. The Public Service Commission will soon be considering whether to change the rules for distributed generation (e.g. rooftop solar and small wind). And discussions around large scale solar and wind continue at the Public Service Commission and among legislators. Join this session to hear what's happening now and what’s on the horizon for state renewable energy policies.
2:00 – 2:45 pm: Off-Grid Living (Exhibit Building #3)
Henry Dykema, Sundance Solar Systems
Trying to power an RV, cabin or a remote home? Or just wanting to be more self-sufficient? Learn the basics of off-grid technologies, such as battery storage and load management, and hear first-hand what it takes to cut the power cord.
3:00 – 3:45 pm: Community-Scale Solar (Exhibit Building #2)
Garrett Martin, Montana Department of Environmental Quality; Natalie Meyer, City of Bozeman
Communities around Montana are turning to renewable energy to further their energy goals and to save money. Meanwhile, Montana utilities, including rural electric Co-ops, are starting to explore shared solar projects which allow individuals to buy into a single solar electric system. Hear from our panelists about developments in community based efforts to go solar and how shared solar is becoming more viable in Montana.
3:00 – 3:45 pm: Lithium-Ion Batteries (Exhibit Building #3)
Kyle Bolger, Blue Planet Energy
You probably already use them in your phones, power tools, and maybe your hybrid car. But did you know that there is a major transformation taking place at this moment within the energy storage industry? Lithium ion batteries are leading the way for homes, businesses, and the surging electric car market. Find out the details of this technology and why the costs are coming down and the efficiencies are going up.
Kids activities typically include a bouncy castle, face painting, model solar car assembly and races, solar cooking, and miniature wind turbine assembly. Check back for updates on the activities and schedule.
The 2018 Sponsorship Packet for sponsors, exhibitors, food vendors, and car-show participants is now available.
You can fill out the form online here, or to submit it by mail you can download a PDF version here. Sponsors and exhibitors can pay by check (see form for instructions) or online, using the online payment page.
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