Education Opportunities at the Energy Fair

solar-cellsThis is the 26th year that The Energy Fair is taking place in Custer, Wisconsin. Why come to Custer this June? One reason is the amazing amount of workshops that are free with admission; The Fair has plenty of opportunities for people of all backgrounds:

Free, one hour workshops

$30, three hour extended workshops

Free continuing education for solar professionals and architects/builders

Attendees can choose from over 250 free, one-hour workshops with topics ranging from sustainable agriculture to harnessing wind for energy. New topics include whipping your own Matcha by Rishi Tea, a Milwaukee-based tea company.

Learn about Tesla’s clean energy solutions, and building a ‘tiny house.’ With all the hype about batteries these days, learn how batteries work and can be integrated into renewable energy systems and so much more. There are even workshops for kids in the Rainbow’s End tent!

This year’s three hour extended workshops include Aquaculture Technologies for Small Farms and Schools, Herbal First Aid, Living Off-Grid, Homebrew Wind, and more! Prices are $30 and advanced tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or at The Energy Fair in the Marketplace.

The Energy Fair is the place for professionals to earn continuing education while connecting with renewable energy and sustainably focused businesses, enjoying music, and learning from other fun workshops all in the same day. Specifically for the solar industry, solar professionals have the opportunity to earn NABCEP credits while learning the latest solar products from leading solar equipment manufacturers and distributors.

Architects and builders can earn continuing education credits while learning about topics such as high performance wall systems, why trees are stronger than wood, and solar ready construction thanks largely to Seventhwave (formerly Energy Center of Wisconsin) a provider of GBCI approved courses. Beyond continuing education, architects and builders will have a wide variety of professional development and alternative construction courses to choose from, all free with admission!

Extended Workshops
Dive a little deeper and learn more about a topic from an expert presenter by taking an Extended Workshop! Pre-registration is required. Workshops are $30, and offerings this year include the following topics:

Aquaculture Technologies for Small Farms and Schools
Date: Saturday, June 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Presented by: William West, Wisconsin Sustainable Aquaculture Products, LLC
Description: Discussion of on-farm research involving perch and bluegill resulting in parasite free fish, shorter grow-out windows, and increased fillet yields. Sustainable growing techniques result in applications for aquaponics, hydroponics, and school agriculture programs.

Bringing Batteries into Renewable Energy Systems: How, When, Why?
Date: Friday, June 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Chris LaForge, Great Northern Solar
Description: Great improvements in renewable energy systems and low photovoltaic prices are making people more interested in going “off-the-grid.” Are battery-based systems better than the utility grid? Find out how these systems work with or without the grid, when they are appropriate, and why batteries may be for you! We will cover system designs and planning in depth.

Herbal First Aid
Date: Saturday, June 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs
Description: We will take a walk and learn to identify plants that can be used to address common injuries and ailments i.e. bug bites, minor cuts and wounds, minor burns, poison ivy, etc. Participants will learn common herbs, how to use them directly, and how to prepare them for maximum benefit. Participants will leave prepared to create an herbal first aid kit of their own!

Homebrew Wind
Date: Sunday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Dan Bartmann, Otherpower and Chris Nerud, King Canyon Alternatives, LLC
Description: Wind is the most difficult renewable resource to harvest, and commercial small wind turbines are expensive. But with the right knowledge, preparation, and tools, you can build your own for far less cash…from scratch.

Living Off-Grid
Date: Sunday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Aur Beck, Advanced Energy Solutions
Description: Aur ‘Da Energy Mon’ has lived off-grid for 18 years and empowers you to get energized with renewable energy. Learn real, fun, interesting, and low-cost ways to start living the off-grid mentality now. Start simply; start now!

Masonry Heater Construction for the Novice Builder
Date: Friday, June 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Eric Moshier, Solid Rock Masonry
Description: We will build a SolidRock Masonry Heater kit system and finish the outside of the heater with precast concrete blocks. We will cover location, design options, code issues, and different construction techniques.

The Testing and Troubleshooting of Alternative Energy Wiring Systems
Date: Saturday, June 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Presented by: Neil Matthes, PE, MSEE, Master Electrician, Duck Creek Engineering, Inc. and Spark Burmaster, Electrical Engineer, Environmental Options
Description: A properly designed and installed multiple power source alternative energy system takes into account all of these factors: code compliance, grounding, electromagnetic interference, electricmagnetic field exposure and ease of maintenance. We’ll use lecture and lab measurements with interactive hands-on demonstrations to illustrate these. The class has full instrumentation available, but students are encouraged to bring any of their own instruments.

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