1st Annual Harrisonburg-Rockingham Sustainable Energy Fair

Join the Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University for this FREE and family-friendly, outdoor event. The Sustainable Energy Fair will feature options to empower homeowners towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Sunday, October 7, 2018
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1401 Technology Drive
Event Schedule:
Fair - Kick-off
12:00 - 12:30 PM
  • Test drive electric cars
  • Meet our vendors
  • Visit the kid zone
Your Affordable Green House
12:30 - 1:00 PM
Fred Oesch from Øesch Environmental Design will be explaining a practical overview of alternative state-of-the-art materials, energy systems, and methods by which you can achieve cost-effective affordable green building. Topics include Tiny Houses, shipping container conversions, resilient earth sheltered homes, and healthful passive heating and cooling systems. by following the ideas and examples presented, you will be better informed, inspired, and empowered to complete your own sustainable Design and Building projects.
Wind Energy in Virginia - Q&A
1:15 - 1:30 PM
The Center for Wind Energy will be taking question on the current status, recent progress, and general feasibility of wind energy across the Commonwealth.
Realizing the Potential of Distributed Solar in Virginia
1:45 - 2:00 PM
Kate Addleson, the Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Utility scale solar is off and running in Virginia, but customer sited, or distributed solar is lagging due to opposition from utilities and a lack of serious commitment by Virginia policymakers. A shift towards distributed solar would be a boon for stakeholders. Local governments could put underused land to work, saving money for taxpayers; businesses can more easily make smart investments that make them more competitive; and residents could be free to supply their own energy. This presentation will discuss in detail the benefits of distributed solar for Virginia, the barriers to its expansion, and what can and is already being done to overcome these obstacles.
A Local Bike and Electric Vehicle Solar Home Tour
2:30 - 5:00 PM
Ride bikes and carpool with friends while meeting community members who have adopted sustainable practices. Thank you to our national solar tour for providing materials for this tour! Click here or on the logos below to see supporting organizations participating in the event!


Click on the map below to view the address for the homes on the solar tour!

List of Vendors
  • Beck Builders
  • Green Hill Solar
  • Øesch Environmental Design
  • Virginia Clean Cities
  • Center for Wind Energy
  • Soil Cycles
  • Bring Your Own
  • Climate Action Alliance of the Valley
  • Alt-Energy
  • Sigora Solar
  • SunRunnr
  • Sierra Club
  • Appalachian Voices
  • Truck Tiny House



Special Thanks to our Sponsors!




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