Embracing Opportunities & Challenges in 2018

This year we continue demonstrating that “Solar Works” and increase
our focus on home heating, transportation, and other climate change issues.

SolarFest 2018
Our mission is more important than ever. Thanks to generous donors and our first Climate Ride cycling team, our finances have never been stronger.

Planning for the 2018 festival is underway and we’re beginning to recruit speakers, workshop presenters, and volunteers to help organize the festival. We need your help to make this happen. Please help us by COMPLETE THE SURVEY, sign up with our VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION form, or Contact Us via email with your ideas and comments.

Delivering Energy Kits to Puerto Rico
When residents of Caguas, Puerto Rico found that power wouldn’t be restored to their city for nine months, SolarFest Boardmember Bill Laberge took action. He managed to get a prototype emergency energy kit, including panels, inverters, and electronics, on a flight in carry-on luggage. This helped one family but importantly demonstrated the viability of the immediate solution. Interviewed in the Manchester Journal, Laberge said, “This is being done on the grassroots level. We want to train people in Puerto Rico, or Danby, or wherever they are that they can actually do this. What we want to do is help them help themselves.

On Feb. 5th he brought packages to train local electricians and do more in a pilot program together with the local cooperativas and fiscal sponsor Neighborworks of Western Vermont. Click the image on the right to see the coverage on Channel 5 ABC News in Boston.

Building a Culture of Peace
SolarFest Boardmember Dr. Steven Berry hosted a two-day training in nonviolence in January. The training included over 100 people at the Grace Congregational Church in Rutland. In addition to a Sunday dinner and pancake breakfast, the three sessions included: Exploring Nonviolent Power, Structural Violence and Nonviolent Power, and Putting Nonviolent Power into Action. Additional training events are currently being planned.

SolarFest is pleased to be part of a distinguished group of sponsors for the event, including the Southwest Association within the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ, Pace e Bene, Campaign Nonviolence, Global Meetinghouse Enterprises, and Longshot Productions.

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Since 1995, SolarFest connects people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering partnerships and activism to create a vibrant present and a sustainable future.

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“If there is any place that can lay claim to having started this revolution 20 years ago, it was Vermont and SolarFest.” – Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org