Penns Valley Renewable Energy Fair – Oct. 22

Oct. 22, 2011 – Penns Valley Conservation Association Renewable Energy and Conservation Fair. The Penns Valley Area School District will host the Fair in the Penns Valley Area High School cafeteria from noon to 4 p.m. The Fair is free and open to all.

Energy cost and availability is critical to home and business owners and communities. This multi-faceted fair will give the public a comprehensive look at the latest renewable energy and energy conservation technology in one afternoon. Vendors of solar, geothermal, biomass and energy conservation products will demonstrate their products. Financial institutions will promote financial incentives to own renewable energy.

Fair attendees will see working renewable energy facilities. Guided bus tours will leave the cafeteria at 12:45 and 2:45 PM. Bus stops are: the new Penns Valley Area School District’s biomass-fired heating plant, a long-standing solar photovoltaic array and a combination solar photo and thermal array. The bus then will return to the Fair. Owners of these facilities will be available to answer tour goers’ questions.

Businesses representing solar, geothermal and biomass renewable energy technology will demonstrate their products and answer questions. Businesses represented at the Fair include:

  • Northwest Savings Bank, Gold Sponsor – Financing
  • Envinity, State College, PA – Energy audits, solar energy design, equipment and installation, geothermal and small-scale wind
  • Lenape Solar, Sunbury, PA – Solar energy photovoltaic and thermal systems
  • Ag Choice , Yeagerstown, PA – Financial solutions
  • Enviroedge, State College, PA – Solar thermal and photovoltaic systems
  • Central PA Institute of Science and Technology, Pleasant Gap, PA – Education, especially the new Emerging Energy and Infrastructure training program
  • SEDA COG, Lewisburg, PA – Renewable energy and energy efficiency information
  • Heritage Innovations, Bellefonte, PA – Home energy consultant – insulating shades for windows, skylights and doors
  • Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Millheim, PA – Sustainable agriculture through energy input reductions
  • The Bierly Group, Millheim, PA – Low emission, energy efficient biomass-fired thermal equipment
  • Nittany Geothermal – Geothermal systems

Frank Migneco, Senior Energy Analyst, of SEDA Council of Governments, will give a keynote discussion on the latest renewable energy technologies and incentives. This talk will occur at 2 PM. SEDA COG’s Energy Resource Center provides a region-wide resource for renewable energy implementation. According to the SEDA COG website, “Its joint goals are to retain the region’s quality of life while enhancing its economy and to reduce the energy-related costs of its residents, businesses and local governments.

Jackie Bonomo, organic farming activist, will give a talk on “The Beauty and Utility of Sustainable Food Supplies” at 3 PM. She will describe and values of local food production to reduce the carbon footprint of food production, while eating top quality foods. She will talk about recycling vegetation to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and build organic matter in the soil.

The Penns Valley Conservation Association and Penns Valley Learning Garden will describe and demonstrate how clean, abundant water and locally produced food conserve energy and foster business success.

The Green Drake Art Gallery will display art from its current show, “The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central PA” at the Fair. This art depicts aspects of our rural heritage which can be sustained, in part, by the widespread use of renewable energy. With energy based on the sun, we can shrink our carbon footprint. With more careful husbandry of the land, we can support growth in population and business. We can give future generations a basis in the beauty and utility of Penns Valley as we enjoy it now.

The Penns Valley Conservation Association’s mission is to serve “as a steward for the natural and cultural communities in the Upper Penns Creek watershed. We seek to preserve and honor the agricultural roots of Penns Valley by protecting and conserving its waters, farmlands, forests and rural heritage. “ Fostering the understanding and power of renewable energy in Penns Valley and the surrounding area delivers the PVCA mission to all residents in the area.

For vendor and visitor information about the Fair, contact Mary Carol Frier at or by phone at 814 364 2847. – Mary Carol Frier, Chair, PVCA Renewable Energy and Conservation Fair


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