Please thank our generous sponsors for making the SolarFest 25th Anniversary Celebration into a reality!
John F. Blittersdorf; CV Wind Service
John has gained an insight of what is involved with off-grid living, and the different paths people can take for the end result they are looking for. His first cabin had one solar panel, a couple of batteries and a few fluorescent lights and he now has a 1600 sf house with all the amenities. He has worked in the residential solar industry for 22 years and 9 years previous to that in the wind industry. His motto has always been that “he would not sell anything unless he has used it himself” so now he is ready to share his experience.
Director of Clean Transportation Policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Bill Laberge; Grassroots Solar, Inc
Bill is the owner of Grassroot Solar, Inc. in Dorset, VT. He helps provide solar and storage solutions for homes and businesses from Vermont to Puerto Rico. He recently served on Vermont Governors Climate Action Commission, making recommendations on ways Vermont can help stop Climate Change. He is also President of the Board of SolarFest.
Jesse McDougal; Studio Hill Farm
Jesse is a regenerative farmer Shaftsbury, VT and is an Accredited Professional with the Savory Institute, serves on the advisory board for Soil4Climate, was the author of the first regenerative agriculture legislation, and will be teaching this fall at Bennington College.
Pete O’Connor; Plug In America
Pete works for Plug In America in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, promoting policies and programs that will transform the transportation sector and encourage more EVs on the road. Prior to his work at Plug In America, Pete was a post-doctoral fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), researching how electric vehicles and renewable energy can work together on the grid. He has over ten years of experience working on energy and environmental policy and technology issues. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Boston University, where he completed a dissertation on energy transitions in societies. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Harvard University.
VEIC / Drive Electric Vermont
Dave Roberts is a Senior Consultant at VEIC with more than 20 years of experience in transportation efficiency research and program implementation. He has developed incentive programs to increase auto dealer interest and consumer sales of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and worked with communities, utilities, government agencies and other organizations to advance electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure development. David coordinates the Drive Electric Vermont program, a public-private partnership working to increase adoption of electrified transportation in Vermont. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from the University of Vermont.
Assistant Director, Clean Transportation at NYSERDA