Annual Michigan Renewable Energy Fair returns June 26-27, 2015

Save money in your home and business by becoming more energy efficient and energy independent.

Have you ever wondered if solar power makes sense for your home? If you can replace your propane pig? How you can grow enough food to feed your family? How you can replace your roof with a cool roof? How to build a net zero home or even what is a net zero home? About electric vehicles? If you can go off grid? Answers to these questions and more will be available at the Michigan Renewable Energy Fair, June 26-27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason, Michigan.

The theme for this year’s fair is Energy Independence. Renewable energy and energy efficiency can reduce our energy dependence, save money and help the environment. The fair is not a trade show. The fair combines fun with local food, hands-on activities and small-size workshops where you can ask questions to get the answers you need. We add music for good measure and to insure a festive atmosphere. Workshops, exhibits and an electric vehicle showcase will illustrate the many ways we can become more energy independent.

There will be a dozen or more workshops each day. Workshop topics include:

  • Solar energy systems.
  • Utility programs that can help you.
  • State energy policy issues.
  • Financing energy improvements.
  • Community solar.
  • Net zero energy homes.
  • Community gardens.

Over 100 exhibitors will provide an opportunity to find products and services that can help you make smart energy choices. Kids’ activities on Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. will be interactive and fun. Friday night there will be a reception in the Community Hall starting at 5 p.m. and dinner provided by the VFW from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday morning there will be a VFW pancake breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. in the Community Hall. The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association is organizing a Michigan Solar Users Network (MiSUN) and there will be a kick-off meeting at the fair on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. You can come both days. Kids and Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA) members are free. More information on the fair and joining GLREA is available at www.glrea.org.

The Michigan Renewable Energy Fair is sponsored by GLREA, Consumers Energy, Detroit Edison, Lansing Board of Water & Light and many others. 

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