Michigan Renewable Energy Fair, sponsored by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Assoc., Consumers Energy, DTE, Lansing Board of Water & Light, Michigan Agency for Energy, and many others will be held June 26 & 27, 9-5 at the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason.
Valerie Brader, Director of the new Michigan Agency for Energy, and Patrick King, VP for Channel Sales for Suniva, will speak on Friday. Ms. Brader is the Governor’s point person on developing new state energy policies. Suniva recently opened a solar panel manufacturing plant in Saginaw and plans to bring hundreds of jobs to Saginaw County over the next three years.
Skip Pruss, former Director of the Michigan Dept. of Energy, will speak on our state’s energy challenges and opportunities at noon on Saturday. Also on Saturday at noon, there will be a drawing in which GLREA awards scholarships to high school seniors to be applied toward tuition at a college of their choice.
There will be 14 workshops each day covering a variety of topics including state energy policies, community solar, micro-grids, and net zero energy homes. Tom Wind, a national expert on Community Wind from Iowa, has been added to the Saturday workshop schedule. On Friday, John Barrie will talk about the Appropriate Technology Collaborative which designs, develops, demonstrates and distributes appropriate technology solutions for the world's poorest people. A Tri-State Panel on Friday with renewable energy advocates from Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan will discuss policy and market developments in the region.
Laura Ann Arnold, President of Indiana Distributed Energy Alliance (IndianaDG) and Treasurer of the Indiana Renewable Energy Association (InREA) will report on activities in Indiana during the Tri-State Panel. She will be joined by Tyler Kanczuzewski with Inovateus Solar who is currently the President of InREA.
The Fair provides a unique opportunity to interact with other energy professionals and advocates in an informal setting. There will be a Friday night reception and dinner so attendees can see old friends and make new ones. Bring the whole family on Saturday. There will be a Kids Tent and Activity Area on Saturday from 9 am - 3 pm, so your kids can enjoy the Fair too.
GLREA members get free admittance to the fair. GLREA is offering half-off on student, individual and family memberships during the month of June. More information on the Fair and GLREA can be found at www.glrea.org.
Fair admission is only $5. You can buy tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1559392 for the Fair, the reception and banquet Friday night, and breakfaston Saturday morning. And you can get your half-price GLREA memberships there.