Free Iowa Energy Expo set for Sept. 11-12

The Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-Renew) is pairing up again this year with the Iowa Energy Center to present the 13th Annual Renewable Energy Expo on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12, at Prairiewoods in Hiawatha, Iowa.

The Energy Expo gives the public the opportunity to learn about energy matters for free in an open, fun and friendly environment.

Featured speaker/presenter this year is Dan Chiras, a leading authority on green building and renewable energy options for home construction. Chiras’ keynote speech is titled “The New Ecological Home.” He is author of numerous books, including The New Ecological Home, The Natural House, The Solar House, The Natural Plaster Book, and Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods.

This year’s Expo will feature more than 30 workshops by local experts including the following:

Introduction to Wind Power; Dennis Pottratz, Go Solar

Net Metering with REC’s; Wally Taylor, lawyer

Environmental Benefits of Alternate Powered Cars; Chris Schneider, Honda Motorwerks

Green Design: Moving Beyond Energy Efficiency; Martha Norbeck, local architect

Biodiesel Fuel; Mark Franke, University of Iowa

What will Global Warming Mean for Iowa?; Greg Ludvigson, Iowa DNR

Strawbale Solar Greenhouses; Roald Gunderson, Roald Gunderson Design

Community Wind Financing; Charles Kubert, Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC).

Passive Solar Home Design; Roger Hadley, local architect

Natural Gas and Renewable Energy; Patti Cale-Finnegan, Iowa DNR

Vehicle showcase will include a wind and solar-powered RV, vehicles that run on biodiesel, an electric bus, electric/gas hybrid vehicles, a solar-powered electric truck, and more!

Along with the wide variety of workshops and vehicles being presented at the Expo, the following will also be a vendor tent, where you can speak with vendors of renewable and energy-efficient products and other sustainable living products.

Children’s workshops will be held throughout the weekend. Check the Web site for workshops and schedule.

A silent auction will be held both Saturday and Sunday, where a variety of renewable and energy-efficient products will be auctioned off to the highest bidder to benefit I-Renew. Food vendors will be on site and will be serving lunch both Saturday and Sunday. Parking is available on site. More information available on I-Renew’s Web site at, or by calling Michelle Kenyon Brown at the I-Renew office at 563-432-6551.

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