SolarFest started with an innovative idea: Hold a festival that showcases the power and possibilities of solar energy. Since its inception in 1995, SolarFest promotes artistic excellence and community-building while providing both general and detailed information on a wide range of sustainable living topics. And the entire festival, including the ultra-professional sound and lights on our main stage, runs on renewable energy! We pioneered this concept: inviting a few thousand people to a festival in Vermont to show that SOLAR WORKS.

After 20 successful years, SolarFest has achieved many of the things we set out to do. Vermont is now a leader in the renewable energy industry, with Rutland being named the “Solar Capital of New England” and its largest city, Burlington Vermont, having successfully become the first city in the United States to run on 100% renewable energy. Vermont also now has the most solar jobs per capita in the US. We see the success of renewable energy across the country and, with the result from the UN Climate talks in Paris, the world as well.

We just witnessed an election that resulted in seismic changes to the political landscape of our country.

Regardless of which candidate you supported, it is safe to say that the results are not good for solar energy or the environment. Therefore, expanding and strengthening the role of SolarFest could not happen at a more crucial time.  We encourage you to become more involved in this critical struggle. We are planning a variety of future events including how to engage politicians and others who may not share our concern for the environmental benefits of renewable energy but who are concerned about the financial, economic and job benefits.  Emphasizing those benefits will result in greater success in bringing more people to support renewable energy and help respond to the attacks of special interests.

SolarFest is so much more than a festival. Our 501(c)3 non-profit mission statement is quite simple, and vital: SolarFest connects people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering partnerships to create a vibrant present and a sustainable future. Today, SolarFest continues to produce the Northeast’s premier renewable energy and arts festival, combining outstanding entertainment with not-to-be-missed workshops in a family-friendly, sustainable community. As New England’s most entertaining energy and music festival, we offer:

  • World-class musical acts from a spectrum of styles and traditions on the solar powered main stage
  • Presentations by some of the most knowledgeable renewable energy experts
  • How-to and hands-on workshops on the full range of sustainable subjects
  • Special children’s activities including our renowned Theater in the Woods
  • Sustainable marketplace with a wide variety of food, craft, energy and sustainable living vendors

Plus plenty of space throughout the weekend for serendipitous encounters, conversation, dancing, hiking, camping, relaxation, and an overall celebration of our planet’s beauty and bounty.

We sincerely hope that you will join us as we redouble our efforts in support of energy education and climate protection and become more involved in our struggle for a fair, just, clean energy future.