Solar Events

Solar Events

By Dan Slattery

By Dan Slattery

Solar Events

The following is a summary of some of the major solar expositions and conferences taking place in the U.S. this summer in chronological order:

1. May 12-18 – The 14th Annual Tour de Sol: The Great American Green Transportation Festival, six free festivals beginning in Washington, D.C., ending in New York City, sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association in Greenfield, Mass. Phone 413-774-6051, fax 414-774-6053, web site www.nesea.org. This event features alternative fuel vehicles from one-person scooters to buses.

2. June 1 – A local Junior Solar Sprint, where kids will be designing and racing solar-powered model cars, will be co-sponsored by the Northern California Solar Energy Association with the Society of Women Engineers at the U. of C. Berkeley, taking place at the UCE Lawrence Hall of Science. Contact Jennifer Cheung at 510-642-1369 or e-mail: jssc@swe.coe.berkeley.edu. or contact ncsea at 510-869-2759, website: www.norcalsolar.org (Elaine Herbert)

3. Solar 2002 (this is the big one), June 15-20, the National Solar Energy Conference, “Sunrise on the Reliable Energy Economy” in Reno/Sparks, Nevada, presented by the American Solar Energy Society. This event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Duke Solar, Nevada State Office of Energy, Nevada Test Site Development Corp., Xantrex Technologies, Boeing Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power, and SolarAccess.com. It also features the 31st annual ASES conference, 27th national Passive Solar Conference, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment Symposium, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), International Solar Energy Conference, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s annual meeting, the Solar Energy Industries Assocation’s (SEIA) annual meeting, the Solar Ratings and Certification Corporation’s (SRCC) annual meeting, and the Sunrise Sustainable Resources Group’s Sunrise Sustainability Expo.

Conference activities are at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Conference Hotel. Contact the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), phone: 303-443-4130, fax: 303-443-3212, e-mail: ases@ases.org, or register online at www.ases.org.

4. The Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) on June 29 will have their 2002 conference at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., featuring keynote speaker Amory Lovins, co-founder and CEO of research of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Snowmass, Colo. Contact CRES at phone 303-806-5317 or 888-806-5317 (toll free), e-mail: info@.energy.org. Executive director is Sheila Townsend.

5. Solarfest, July 13 & 14 in Middletown Springs, Vt. New England’s most entertaining renewable energy fair and solar-powered music festival features renewable energy workshops, dealers, displays and Chelsea Green Publishing’s “Convocation of the Invisible Universe.” Phone 802-235-2866 or visit www.solarfest.org. E-mail: info@solarfest.org.

6. August 24 & 25 features the 7th annual Solfest 2002 at the Real Goods Institute for Solar Living in Hopland, Calif. This event has more than 100 exhibitors in renewable energy, green building and sustainable lifestyles co-sponsored by Birkenstock, Gaiam, Mother Earth News, Mother Jones, Chelsea Green Publishing, Powerlight and Solar Today magazine. Phone: 707-744-2017 or visit www.solarliving.org.

7. Sept. 20-22 has the Texas Renewable Energy Roundup Green Living & Sustainability Fair in Fredericksburg, Texas. This is their third annual three-day fair organized by the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (512-345-5446; e-mail R1346@aol.com) and the Texas Solar Energy Society (512-326-3391 or e-mail: Roundup@txses.org, contact Kathryn Houser)

Dan Slattery is a member of the following organizations: The American Solar Energy Society, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, the Illinois Solar Energy Association and the Illinois Coalition Against Unfair Utilities.

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