This is the time of year for clean-energy conferences in the Pacific NW. We at Solar Oregon are very busy these days and we’re hustling to manage a number of events we’re sponsoring, or are participating in, and these next two weekends are fully booked with activities and opportunities. Come join us!
This week, Solar Oregon is sponsoring the 6th Annual NW Solar Expo & Clean Energy Showcase here in Portland at the Oregon Convention Center – Hall E. This solar expo is the largest in the Northwest and is organized and presented by Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA) for professional green collar types, homeowners, and business owners alike. Solar Oregon is offering a $2.00 off admission coupon for anyone wishing to attend the exhibit hall this weekend.. You can download this coupon at www.nwsolarexpo.com … or bring three cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank to get $2 off your admission at the door.
Something new this year organized by Solar Oregon and local 4-H … which is free to participants (thanks to the sponsorship of SolarCity!) … is the Solar Car Rally. This activity is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday from 11:00-2:00 and is located at the 4-H/Solar Oregon promotional racing booth next to the Solar Café. We’re hoping young and old will stop by and design, build, and race a model solar-powered car. 4-H students are volunteering to be “pit crew” at this fun and hands-on activity. Everyone will receive a souvenir button and a photo of themselves with their race car. Children under ten will need to be assisted by an adult.
I’ll be giving a presentation on Saturday, April 30 at 2:00pm called “Solarize: Going Solar through Volume Purchasing” at the Solar Stage. My colleagues will be conducting several “Basics of Going Solar” workshops on the Main Stage throughout the weekend. I’ve looked at the educational class schedule for homeowners and consumers and it is jam-packed with great presentations by knowledgeable folks and great professionals.
Be sure to stop by our exhibit booth (space 204 – close by the Main Stage) which we will be sharing with our friends – the Energy Trust of Oregon.
In these tough economic times the solar industry is one of the bright spots as residential, community, commercial and industrial solar continues to inspire new business ventures and opportunities for jobs in the expanding “green jobs” sector. You can be part of it!
The following weekend, on Saturday, May 7th, is the 4th annual Goal Net Zero Home Tour 2011 sponsored by Solar Oregon and Mr. Sun Solar. This all-day event is very special and we have only enough space for 75 people. Please check out the details and register at http://solaroregon.org/workshops-and-education/tours/goal-net-zero-tour/goal-net-zero-tour-2011.
A shout-out to our friends at Solar Beaverton … for their FREE special event entitled “Interactive Family Solar Open House” scheduled for this Saturday, April 30th, from 10:30-Noon, located at the German American School (3900 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton). This one is for the kids… and will feature SolarLab, which is full of interactive learning experiences and activities, sponsored by LiveLight Energy. Check it out before you come to the NW Solar Expo.
Note: I attended and participated in last year’s NW Solar Expo and blogged about it if you’d like to take a peek – “All in all a good show” http://solarflareblog.com/?p=764