Education Opportunities at The Energy Fair

200+ Free Workshops Extended Workshops Continuing Education

The Energy Fair features over 200 free workshops throughout the three-day event. The workshops range from intro-level to advanced workshops and cover the following topics: Alternative Construction & Green Building, Clean Transportation, Community Involvement & Activism, Educators, Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Finances & Economics, Photovoltaic Systems (Solar Electric), Professional Development & Tools of the Trade, Sustainable Farm & Garden, Solar Heating & Cooling, Sustainable Living, and Wind Systems.

200+ Free Workshops

Stay tuned for the preliminary 2015 workshop schedule!
To see the breadth and depth of topis from last year, download the:

2014 Workshop Schedule (PDF)

2014 Workshop Guide (PDF)

Extended Workshops

Dive a little deeper and get to know more about a topic from one of the expert presenters by taking an Extended Workshop! Workshops are $30 unless otherwise specificed and offerings this year include:

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Aquaculture Technologies for Small Farms and Schools
Date: Saturday, June 20 at 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 results in applications for aquaponics, hydroponics, and school agriculture programs.

Bringing Batteries into Renewable Energy Systems: How, When, Why?
Date: Friday, June 19 at 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 Grid? Find out how these systems work with or without the Grid, when they are appropriate and why batteries may be for you! System designs and planning will be covered in depth.

Herbal First Aid
Date: Saturday, June 20 at 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 at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Presented by: Dan Bartman, Otherpower and Chris, King Canyon Alternatives, LLC

Description: Wind is the most difficult renewable resource to harvest, and commerical small wind turbines are expnesive. 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 at 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 at 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 at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Presented by: Neil Matthes, PE, MSEE, Master Electrician - Duck Creek Engineering, Inc. & 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. Lecture and lab measurements with interactive hands-on demonstrations are used to illustrate these. The class has full instrumentation available, but students are encouraged to bring any of their own instruments.

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Continuing Education Opportunities

Stay tuned for information on Solar Professional workshops and Professional Builder/Contractor workshops

If you are interested or would like more information, contact Allison Lindquist at or 715-592-6595 ext. 115.