SolarFest Cycling Team

Red White and Blue Ridge 2017: Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to Washington, DC – Sept. 24-26, 2017

Dave Conna is a SolarFest board member as well as an avid cyclist. In addition to providing excellent educational opportunities for the riders, as well as networking with people with similar values and vocations, Climate Ride also requires each participant to raise funds for beneficiary organizations working in environmental advocacy, education, and sustainable transportation. The beneficiaries include prestigious organizations such as the Union of Concerned Scientists,, Nature Conservancy…and SolarFest!

Last year Dave worked with Climate Ride to get SolarFest listed as a beneficiary and now would like to get a SolarFest Team together to participate in their newest trip. Whether you are a veteran rider, or have never done an overnight trip, Climate Rides are a lot of fun. If you or someone you know would like to consider joining the SolarFest Team, please email Dave at

The newest Climate Ride from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to Washington DC is sure to be stunning, and with a 3-day format and lower fundraising minimum, you can easily get away to one the most acclaimed cycling routes in the world, while putting some muscle behind national parks, bike coalitions, environmental preservation, and sustainability in your community. The ride is September 24-26, 2017. To learn more and to register, go to

Energy $avings Day

Saturday March 25, 2017 @ SVAC in Manchester, VT
There are so many advances and policy changes impacting conservation and renewable energy that people need help to keep up. This showcase of leading experts and helpful presentations will focus on practical, how-to information to help cut electric, heating, and cooling costs with the latest in energy conservation and renewable power ideas for homes and business. Lively discussions with skilled practitioners about slashing energy costs and reducing carbon use will be surrounded by student artwork from 22 schools for a wonderful synergy of energy and art.

  • 9:00 am – Doors open at Yester House at SVAC in Manchester, VT
  • 10:00 am – Keynote Presentation: Zero Energy Now Program
    Building Performance Professionals Association (BPPA) Board Member
  • 11:30 am – Conservation Panel Discussion with Q&A
    Energy savings planning, design, lighting, finance & operations
  • 2:00 pm – Renewable Power Discussion with Q&A
    Solar PV, thermal, storage, and community solar


How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

On Friday November 4th at 6:30 pm SolarFest hosted a screening and discussion of the latest film from Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox in the beautiful Arkell Pavilion at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester (See trailer here).

Climate change may be the greatest threat our world has ever known. How to Let Go of the World and Love all the Things Climate Can’t Change was shot in 12 countries on six continents, the movie asks what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?

Doors opened at 6:00 pm, with refreshments provided by local sponsors. A moderated discussion of climate change began at 6:30 sharp, with the 2-hour film beginning at 7:00 pm.