Energy fair a success

The second annual Illinois Renewable Energy Fair in Oregon was a tremendous success. Approximately 1,700 people considered making the commitment to renewable energy sources at the two day event Aug. 9 – 10.

More than 60 booths and 58 workshops provided visitors with numerous opportunities to learn about the many aspects of renewables. Exhibitors were pleased with all of the interactions they had at their booths. Speakers expressed surprise and delight with the number and interest of participants.

Compact fluorescent bulbs provided light for one of the booths. Solar energy provided the power needed to run several appliances, including a coffee maker. The event hosts plan for more at the next fair.

Saturday’s major speaker, Professor Thorsteinn Sigfusson from the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, presented a clear, illuminating statement of what his country is doing to move from fossil fuels to hydrogen for their transportation systems. Professor Sigfusson and the Illinois Renewable Energy Association plan a long, productive working relationship.

Sunday’s major speaker, John Perlin, author of From Space to Earth, spoke enthusiastically about 50 years of progress in silicon solar cells. He enlightened the audience with the information that most of what we do in our present society is made possible through satellites powered by solar electricity.

Other speakers addressed active and passive solar, wind power, biomass, efficiency, environmentally sound building materials, alternative fuels, and related lifestyles, including healthy eating and gardening.

Musicians provided delightful backgrounds during each afternoon.

Hosts, visitors, and presenters alike were pleased with the educational, entertaining event.

For more information about this and next year’s fairs, visit the IREA Web site:

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