The largest renewable energy event in the world—Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair set for June 17-19

The world’s largest renewable energy educational event, the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair (aka Energy Fair) is scheduled to return June 17 to Custer, Wis. It attracted record numbers last year, reaching more than 17,000 people from around the world.

The Energy Fair has been a haven for like-minded people interested in preserving the earth and our standard of living through renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living for the past 15 years. Hosted by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), the Fair provides attendees with entertainment, speakers, workshops and exhibitors, all free with paid admission.

The 16th year plans to be no different, offering all these and more! Fairgoers will have more than 100 options for workshops to attend, free with paid admission. Workshops cover a variety of topics, including photovoltaics, wind systems, water and hydro electric systems, energy efficiency and passive solar buildings, green building materials, heating and cooling, transportation and fuels, sustainable lifestyles, issues and activism, gardening and landscaping, and others. The Fair also has a special set of workshops taught by women for women. And introducing this year, a set of workshops for renters on energy efficiency measures they can implement now.

More than 100 exhibitors will be showcasing what their businesses can offer to environmentally concerned buyers. Exhibitors will be selling solar panels, wind turbines, super energy-efficient light bulbs, appliances, books, videos and much more. Other demonstrations include: straw bale construction, cordwood masonry, radiant in-floor heating, and alternatively-fueled vehicles.

Fairgoers will have the opportunity to attend a guided bus tour of local homes that are energy efficient and/or use renewable energy systems. Two tours will be offered each day and will visit two to three homes for a $10 fee to cover the cost of the bus and handouts.

The Fair is family friendly with activities including solar oven making, musical entertainment, and face painting. There will also be a designated tent for children’s activities where they can participate all weekend.

For more information about the 2005 Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair, contact the MREA at (715) 592-6595, or visit their Web site at

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