Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Floyd Energy FAIR 7/15/17

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Floyd Energy FAIR at
Chantilly Farm
The Floyd Energy FAIR presented by the non-profit organizations SustainFloyd and Apple Ridge Farm at Chantilly Farm in Floyd County Virginia was well received with a larger than expected enthusiastic crowd.  A variety of vendors provided information on uses of solar energy, electric cars, how to conserve energy and other conservation & renewable energy ideas and methods.  A wonderful variety of food was provided by food vendors in the event barn and at the outdoor shade pavilion.

Rick Brown owner of
  SolShine Energy Alternatives
Rick Brown owner of  SolShine Energy Alternatives lectured to a full classroom of more than 40 people about what is new in solar energy and how to benefit by using solar energy in your home. There was a lot of interest and a good question and answer session.

Floyd Energy FAIR

If you did not attend the Energy FAIR you missed six excellent educational lectures by the experts.  The "Fork Mountain Ramblers" provided music from 12 to 2 PM in the shade pavilion next to the store. The folks in the pavilion enjoyed county food from "Bootleg BBQ" and other food vendors along with the good music. Check this out in the schedule to the left.

Floyd Energy FAIR vendors
in the Chantilly Farm Barn
About a dozen vendors inside the Chantilly Farm barn provided information on a wide variety of energy conservation topics including how to measure and use renewable energy to build solar/wind systems.
Red Rooster a Floyd business provided coffee and Plenty a local food bank, farm & more provided food in the barn.

Electric car vendors at the
Floyd Energy FAIR
The electric car vendors were popular with folks looking for ways to save energy.  Energy FAIR visitors enjoyed the other outdoor vendors along with  Food & Music under the shade pavilion at the Chantilly Country Store & Canteen.

Offsite tours were popular to Apple Ridge Farm and a visit to there  EBase USA center. Inge Terrill gave lectures about the EBase center at Apple Ridge Farm. The EBase (Education Base) USA is part of a global EBase movement started by Sir Robert Swan a polar explorer and environmentalist.  EBase is an off-grid classroom powered by wind or solar energy.  The EBase at Apple Ridge Farm is the first in the Northern Hemisphere. This was an eye opener for us to have this facility here in Floyd.

The Apple Ridge Farm mission is to transform the lives of our community’s underserved children and the families through engagement in unparalleled educational, cultural & outdoor experiences!

Chantilly Bath House B with 2 solar hot water
collectors providing heat and domestic
hot water.
It was a pleasure to have "Sustain Floyd" and "Apple Ridge Farm" organize and present the Floyd Energy FAIR at Chantilly Farm. I personally improved my knowledge about the application of renewable energy for many useful projects. Chantilly Farm already uses solar hot water in our bath houses for heating and domestic hot water. This is proving to be a very effective energy saver. 

We are looking forward to partnering with the Floyd Energy FAIR promoters and making this an annual and growing event here in Floyd, County, Virginia.

"By David Larsen"  Chantilly Farm, Floyd Virginia.

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