Illinois Renewable Energy Fair August 10-11, 2002

Illinois Renewable Energy Fair August 10-11, 2002


Discover the world of renewable energy at the first Illinois Renewable Energy Fair!

The Fair will provide information on renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, and will build support for incorporating them into daily life. Come and meet the experts and others who are using renewable energy or offering renewable energy products and services. Renewable energy sources can help homeowners, farms, businesses, and communities achieve greater self-reliance and a more sustainable energy future.


The Illinois Renewable Energy Fair will be held on: Saturday, August 10, 2002 (9 am – 8 pm), and Sunday, August 11, 2002 (9 am – 4 pm) at the Ogle County Fairgrounds, 1440 Limekiln Rd., Oregon, Illinois (two hours west of the Loop, off Hwy. 64 between Oregon and Mt. Morris).

The Fair is hosted by the Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA is a non-profit corporation.). Major sponsors are the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and Commonwealth Edison.


The Fair will include exhibits of renewable energy products and services available in Illinois. Over 30 workshop topics cover:

l Renewable energy: solar electricity, wind power, hydro, biomass, fuel cells, hydrogen, solar hot water;

l Agriculture: community supported agriculture, farmland preservation, switch grass for electrical production, anaerobic digesters for animal waste, wind farms;

l Green buildings: earth sheltered homes, straw bale buildings;

l Efficient vehicles;

l Natural landscaping, yards and gardens;

l Health and environmental benefits of renewable energy;

l Government programs;

l and others.


The Keynote Speaker at 1:15 on Saturday at the Fair will be John Perlin, author of From Space to Earth, The Story of Solar Electricity, and The Forest Journey, a Harvard University Science Classic. Mr. Perlin will speak on:

l From Space to Earth: The Story of Solar Electricity.

l He will show how solar electricity already benefits you. In fact, you probably couldn’t have successfully finished your day if not for solar electricity. John Perlin will tell you why.

A keynote panel, consisting of Mike Bergey, the major manufacturer of small wind systems in the U.S., and Palmer Carlin of the National Renewable Energy Lab, will present an overview of wind systems at 1:15 on Sunday.

Bill Moore, editor of EV World (, will update participants on developments in the world of electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles.


Exhibits featuring renewable energy producers, distributors, and installers will present options for Illinois residents.

Booth space is still available.


The audience will be entertained by an excellent local band on Saturday afternoon. Admission is free to all fair visitors.


For more information, visit the IREA web page: or contact Bob or Sonia Vogl at or (815) 732-7332.


Preregistration is recommended. Admission is $5 per day for adults, $3 per day for youth 13 – 16, and free for children 12 and under. To pre-resister, visit the IREA web page.

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