Education & Outreach

2016 Energy Fairs

Kids participate in solar bug races at the 2014 Orcas Energy Fair

Kids participate in solar bug races at the 2014 Orcas Energy Fair

OPALCO and Islands Energy are back again this year with a full series of Energy Fairs on 3 islands.  Come join us to participate in energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy workshops and activities.

Fairs typically feature solar home tours, EV demos, prize drawings, and a light bulb exchange.

Stay tuned for 2016 events

  • San Juan Island – Mullis Community Center
  • Orcas Island – Eastsound Village Green
  • Lopez Island – Community Center Green

For more information, click here.

Islands Energy—Partnering for Energy Education in San Juan County

San Juan members attend one of the first annual Energy Fairs in 2014

San Juan members attend one of the first annual Energy Fairs in 2014

According to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, “Nearly 60% of the region’s new demand for electricity over the next five years, and 85% over the next 20 years, could be met with energy efficiency.”

To expand our reach, OPALCO has awarded a matching grant to the San Juan Islands Conservation District for their leadership in promoting energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy programs. The Conservation District has partnered with OPALCO and other local non-profits on a range of projects, complementing OPALCO’s current program offerings, to:

  • Increase retrofits of San Juan County homes for greater energy efficiency
  • Pilot community solar projects
  • Create a county-wide energy plan in collaboration with local leaders
  • Promote the Member Owned Renewable Energy incentives program
  • Develop additional education and outreach events and programs, including local school curriculum and annual Energy Fairs.

The Conservation District serves as the umbrella organization for non-profits seeking to work with OPALCO and other community groups. This collective team has adopted the name Islands Energy.  For more information about the Islands Energy efforts and upcoming events, click here.

Related:

OPALCO’s Policy 28: Collaborating with Nonprofits to Accelerate Energy Efficiency & Conservation and Renewable Energy Production opens the door for non-profit organizations to collaborate with OPALCO to create new opportunities for energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy production in San Juan County. Read all about it.

OPALCO Energy Efficiency and Conservation Education Grant

Small grants (up to $5,000) are available to legal organizations that are providing education about energy efficiency and conservation in San Juan County. Click here to download an application.  Questions? Call Lindsay Curtis at 376-3587.

Local Education Projects Funded to Date

Classroom and Group Visits Available

To schedule OPALCO Energy Savings staff to talk with your group or classroom, please contact us.

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