Archive for May, 2014

Great Turnout at the San Juan Energy Fair!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The first Energy Fair hosted by Islands Energy and OPALCO was a great success!  Visitors at the May 17th event received free energy kits, attended conservation workshops, and engaged in lively conversations with a variety of contractors to learn more about solar panel installations, home energy upgrades, financing programs from Islanders Bank, and electric vehicles, to name a few.

OPALCO Energy Savings Specialist Elisa Howard and MORE Committee member Peter Risser welcome guests at the San Juan Energy Fair on May 17th.

Amy Saxe and Elisa Howard from the OPALCO Energy Savings team enjoyed the chance to chat with members one  on one about our efficiency rebates, home energy audits, local energy generation, and the benefits of LED bulbs.

Some in attendance also participated in solar home tours organized by the M.O.R.E. Committee (Member Owned Renewable Energy).  Kids made door draft stoppers and participated in an energy fact “treasure hunt” for a chance to win prizes.

If you missed this one, please join as at the upcoming fairs on Lopez Island (Saturday, May 31st) and Orcas Island (Saturday, June 7th) from 10am to 3pm.

Due to limited availability and anticipated demand, reservations for the Home Energy Conservation Workshop and the Solar Home Tours are recommended. To reserve a spot, please call the Conservation District at 360-378-6621 or email energy@sjislandscd.org to pre-register.

Come to your local Energy Fairs in May and June!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

OPALCO is asking all members to understand the sources of electric power and to be aware of their personal energy usage habits and savings options.  Please join the OPALCO Energy Savings team, the M.O.R.E. (Member Owned Renewable Energy) committee, and Islands Energy at upcoming local Energy Fairs.  Participate in solar home tours, efficiency and conservation workshops, kids activities, raffle prizes, and more!  Here are the details:

San Juan Island: Saturday, May 17th; 10am to 3pm @ 95 Nichols Street

Lopez Island: Saturday, May 31st; 10am to 3pm @ Lopez Center for Community and the Arts

Orcas Island: Saturday, June 7th; 10am to 3pm @ Eastsound Village Green

Other highlights include:

  • Free energy savings kitsIslands Energy Logo
  • Demonstrations of electric vehicles
  • A presentation about planned Community Solar projects
  • Information about home energy audits and locally generated power
  • Information about OPALCO efficiency rebate programs
  • Local contractor booths
  • Energy keynote speakers
  • Live music by The Field Boats, a Lopez Island band

These fairs represent launch events for the newly-formed partnership between OPALCO and the San Juan Islands Conservation District.

The Conservation District serves as an umbrella organization for other local and regional nonprofits joining the efforts to increase energy and conservation education and to pilot a Community Solar program in San Juan County.  The collective group has adopted the name Islands Energy.

Due to limited availability and anticipated demand, reservations for the Home Energy Conservation Workshop and the Solar Home Tours are recommended. To reserve a spot, please call the Conservation District at 360-378-6621 or email energy@sjislandscd.org to pre-register.