CANCELLED — SolarFest 25th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday July 26th — 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM @ Earth Sky Time Community Farm in Manchester, VT

The need to restrict the spread of Covid-19 virus will prevent us from gathering in person this year.
However, the spirit of SolarFest cannot be contained!

Working with some of our outstanding partners, we are busy planning a few exciting ways for our community to continue to share information, music, and fun. Look for announcements in the coming weeks about online music, workshops, and a very timely and exciting keynote address on the challenges and opportunities in community redevelopment, natural resource restoration, and climate adaptation. There are even plans for a hands-on solar training project as soon as we’re able.

Please let us know if you’d like to become a virtual volunteer.

Thanks to one and all for making SolarFest 2019 a success!

Particular thanks to our hosts, Bonnie & Oliver Levis, and to all of the knowledgeable and talented workshop presenters in the areas of renewable energy & transportation; green buildings; farming & food; music & arts; and sustainable living & activism.

Special appreciation goes to the keynote speaker Dr. Edward Cameron for his presentation of “The Just and Sustainable World” as well as to the outstanding musical performers: The Gaslight Tinkers, Chicago Afro Beat Project, Rio Mira, Freddi Shehadi & Friends, and the Mowgli Bluegrass Trio.

Finally, thanks to Skinner Hollow Photography for such beautiful photos; almost like being there!


    • SolarFest 2012 Singer/Songwriter winner Lara Herscovitch has released a new album; Highway Philosophers. From Start to finish it is a work of art!
      Available now at, on Spotify, or Apple Music. Check out 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.


    • 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. 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.

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