Education & Outreach

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 offer 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.

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.

 

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