Embracing Opportunities & Challenges in 2018

This year we continue demonstrating that Solar Works, increasing our focus
on home heating, transportation, and other climate change issues.

SolarFest 2018

Planning for the 2018 festival is underway and we’re beginning to recruit speakers, workshop presenters, and volunteers to help organize the events. Date & location details to follow soon, but we need your help to make this happen.

CONTACT US to become a Presenter, Exhibitor, Sponsor or VOLUNTEER

THANK YOUWe did it!

In 2017 we reached the goal of our first Matching Grant Challenge where a generous long-time supporter provided a $6,000 match to the funds raised from individual donations and our Climate Ride team. Combined with a mission-related grant from EFI, SolarFest is now stronger and better equipped to deliver renewable energy education in 2018.

We would like to recognize the generosity of our friends and benefactors for their commitment to our mission of energy education through the arts.

2017 Contributors

  • Rob Anderegg
  • Mike Bailey
  • Steven Berry
  • Barry Biederman
  • Catherine Bock
  • David Bolevice
  • Clay Burnbull
  • Climate Ride
  • Dave Conna
  • James Corven
  • Jeffrey Dexter
  • Energy Federation, Inc (EFI)
  • Greg Hancock
  • Lola & Raymond Johnson
  • Karen Lee
  • Cynthia Legg
  • The Maple Ridge Charitable Fund
  • Charlene P. Miles
  • Vanguard Charitable
  • Dan Tappan
  • Melvin T. Tyree
  • Todd Walker
  • Gail West


  • 3/15: Hope Solar Farm – Brunswick, NY
    Boardmember Kevin Bailey is launching a Community Solar Farm open to all residents of 13 counties in eastern New York State.
    Give your support at the Public hearing on Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 pm at the Brunswick Town Office in Troy, N.Y.
    Complete information at: http://hopesolarfarm.com/
  • 3/20: John Dear Book Tour – Rutland, VT
    Advisory Boardmember Bill McKibben calls They Will Inherit the EarthA remarkable testimony.”
    Nobel peace prize nominee Father John Dear shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change.
    Tuesday, March 20th, 7:00 pm at the Grace Church in Rutland, VT.
    For details: www.paceebene.org/event/john-dear-book-tour-rutland-vt/
  • Delivering Energy Kits to Puerto Rico and Beyond
    When residents of Caguas, Puerto Rico found that power wouldn’t be restored to their city for nine months, SolarFest Boardmember Bill Laberge took action. Starting with a prototype kit in carry-on luggage, and training local cooperativas to install systems, Interviewed in the Manchester Journal, Laberge said, “This is being done on the grassroots level. We want to train people in Puerto Rico, or Danby, or wherever they are that they can actually do this. What we want to do is help them help themselves.”

Since 1995, SolarFest connects people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering
partnerships and activism to create a vibrant present and a sustainable future.
“If there is any place that can lay claim to having started this revolution 20 years ago, it was Vermont and SolarFest.” — Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org