Virtual SolarFest 25th Anniversary Celebration

All events are completely FREE (but donations are gladly accepted)


Storm Cunningham Keynote — Transition to a Regenerative Economy
Richard Heinberg Interview — Storytelling Beyond ‘Planet of the Humans’


  • Is now the time for electric cars?
  • Why Regenerative Food & Agriculture?
  • Renewables 101: Solar & Storage
  • Living Off-grid: Tiny Houses to McMansions

Musical Performances

  • Lara Herscovitch
  • Patchouli & Terra Guitarra
  • Freddi Shehadi
Please give a really big thanks to our generous sponsors for making the SolarFest 25th Anniversary Celebration into a reality:

Plus — let us know if you’d like to be part of a hands-on PV solar project at Earth Sky Time Farm later this year.

Sadness on the sudden loss of Bhimashankar (Bhima) Venkata Nitta (Obituary)

Bhima was a brilliant, unique man who was an active and beloved member of the community, passionately devoted to bringing clean energy to Vermont and beyond.

Bhima was involved with SolarFest for many years and his knowledge and joyful enthusiasm will be greatly missed.


To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, and draw attention to solar power…
The Boston based music group Yoke Shire has just released their video of a live performance at the 9th Annual Solarfest back in 2004, including their original acoustic rock song entitled “Over the Sunrise”.

Brian Herlihy says, “The video has an intro with a narration about our experience traveling to the festival and the great time we had while we were there.

Please take a moment and check it out…and then, check out their website:

    • Lara Herscovitch — SolarFest 2011 Singer/Songwriter of the Year
      New album release: Highway Philosophers — from start to finish it is a work of art!
      Available now at, on Spotify, or Apple Music.
      Sample her new “Shine Sister Shine” video.
    • Solaris; the first-ever U.S. Coast Guard certified solar-powered commercial passenger boat in the country, sails the Hudson River.
      Innovator, designer and builder David Borton spoke at SolarFest’18 about the latest breakthroughs in solar transportation.
    • SolarFest in Planet of the Humans
      SolarFest started in 1995 with an innovative idea: hold a festival that showcases the power and possibilities of solar energy. Thousands of festival-goers have attended dozens of SolarFest workshops explaining the festival power array, and even more visited the “Juice Bar” to see renewable power being produced in real time. We know that Solar Works!

A recent movie produced by Michael Moore, featured footage that was shot by Jeff Gibbs at SolarFest in 2006. We were never contacted by Gibbs, or anyone, regarding the film and their “facts” about solar energy are woefully out of date. We believe that it is unfair, misleading, and just plain wrong for a film to be introduced in 2020 that pretends the state of solar and storage has not changed dramatically in 14 years.

Over the past 25 years SolarFest has been a leader in demonstrating how individuals and communities can make a difference with renewable energy. We are proud to continue to explore and explain the advances that will lead to a better, carbon-free future.


    • Sustainably sourced food, made with sustainably produced power
      Vizavi, the solar-powered food cart operated by Julia Rhode, made its debut serving crepes, Popsicles, veggie burgers, and salads at the Bennington Farmer’s Market in Bennington. Rhode said she was inspired by a display at SolarFest in Manchester in 2016.
    • Delivering Energy Kits to Puerto Rico and Beyond
      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. Starting with a prototype kit in carry-on luggage, and training local cooperativas to install systems, Interviewed in the Manchester Journal, Laberge said, “This is being done on the grassroots level.”

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