Delaware Renewable Energy is hosting their second annual Renewable Energy Fair on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bay Center in Dewey Beach. At last year’s event, they had about 275 guests and about 10 vendors. This year, the number of vendors has more than doubled, and they hope to have more guests, as well.
“It’s more important now than ever, with the economy. We have a lot of retirees moving here, and they are concerned about what their monthly utilities will be,” said Amanda Ryan, a contractor working on the fair with Delaware Renewable Energy. “A lot of these systems allow people to grasp what their utilities will be without having to worry about them fluctuating.”
She added that, besides information on renewable energy services that are out there, such as solar panels or geothermal systems, attendees will be able to learn about available tax rebates and the benefits of owning systems such as these.
“The stimulus package has tons of benefits for purchasing renewable energy systems and also rebates for people owning them,” she noted.
Ryan added that the booths allow people to be informed in a non-pressure environment.
“Delaware Renewable Energy decided they wanted to have it as a resource. They wanted to offer customers an area where they could learn and not feel pressure,” she emphasized.
At the event, Dr. John Byrne, who – along with former Vice-President Al Gore – won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his research on global warming, will speak on the importance of renewable energy, about 11:30 a.m. After his talk, there will be a roundtable, with representatives from some area companies talking about their products and fielding questions.
Vendors this year include Hyett Refrigeration, JCN Environmental, Margaret Iorii “Investing in a Green Tomorrow,” Powerkuff, Resort Paint & Decorating, UEK Delaware, Waste Management of Delaware, Zero Energy Homes, C.F. Schwartz Motor Company Inc. Toyota Chrysler Scion, Clean Currents Solar, EcoConstruction, Eco Exteriors, Ecolistic Cleaning, Envirotech Environmental Consulting Inc., General Pest Control/Mold Masters, Green Technologies International Corporation, Mr. Go Green Inc., PV-Powered, Rehoboth Beach Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce – Green Force, SunPower, General Electric, DART Rideshare Delaware, Beach Fun Rentals & Sales and Delmarva Power.
The fair is free to the public, and there is plenty of parking in the Ruddertowne parking lot. A few lucky attendees will have the opportunity to win a Powerkuff monitor system, a green cleaning service courtesy of Ecolistic Cleaning and other “green” products.
For more information on attending the 2nd Annual Renewable Energy Fair, contact Megan Spangler of Delaware Renewable Energy Company at (302) 227-1337.