Special programming at Energy Fair Aug. 11

High energy prices, declining energy supplies, energy security concerns and global climate change offer numerous business opportunities in the rapidly expanding field of renewable energy. The Fifth Anniversary Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair will offer a special program for those with investment interests.

Friday, Aug. 11, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., experts will present Renewable Energy Business/Investment Opportunities. The program will be at the Ogle County Fairgrounds, site of the entire Fair on Saturday and Sunday. Preregistration and a $50 fee are required.

Three perspectives will be presented:

The Photovoltaic Market in Illinois, the United States and the World: Mark Burger is president of the Illinois Solar Energy Association and Principal of Kestrel Development Company, a zero energy building development and consultation company. Burger will provide an overview on the growth of solar photovoltaic local, national and global markets, including impact of silicon supply and new commercialized applications.

Venture Capitalists’ Perspective: James J. Greenberger, J.D., is chairman, Renewable Energy Practices Group of Sachoff & Weaver. He represents developers, investors and lenders in renewable energy projects including wind power, ethanol, biodiesel and biorefinery projects. Greenberger’s presentation will highlight the perspective of venture investors.

Wind Entrepreneurship: Bruce and Joyce Papiech are wind farm entrepreneurs in Lee County, Ill. The Papieches’ presentation will include: Wind energy enhances energy security and can deliver electricity within six months after construction begins. Renewable energy credits are an important component of wind farm financing. Prior knowledge of the targeted area of a wind farm is crucial to its success.

For information or to register, e-mail sonia@essex1.com.

From the July 19-25, 2006, issue

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