Solar Expo

Welcome to the Solar Expo lineup!


Friday, Aug. 9th  

SunWatcher Peace Crane Invocation

6:00 pm – E-Bikes – Ryan Gillespie, Sol-Mobil

8:00 pm – Your Solar Questions Answered – David Del Vecchio   workshop tent

Saturday, Aug. 10th

11:00 am – Keynote Speaker: Dave Freeman – Wake Up America – The Sun is Shining –  Presentation Tent

1:00 pm –  Renewable Energy Policy and Infrastructure panel – Presentation Tent

12:00 pm – Solar Hot Water and Solar Thermal – Randy Flinders, Renewable Energy Southeast, presentation tent

12:30 pm – Off-Grid Solar in the Developing World – Ed Witkin, Steve Thomson, Samantha Childress, Jon Ruth , United Solar Initiative – sponsor, presentation tent

1:00 pm – Renewable Energy Infrastructure and Policy panel with: Dave “The Green Cowboy Freeman”, keynote speaker; Ben Stockdale, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association; Steffi Rausch, Citizens’ Climate Lobby; Rocky Buldo, Power2Choose/Enough Technologies – sponsor;  Ned Ryan Doyle, Asheville energy activist; Jim Warren, NC WARN,  Presentation Tent

1:00 pmRick Denzien, “The Zero Emmissions Musician”, Elderberry Jam Stage

2:30 pm – Canary Coalition’s NC Legislative Issues – Avram Friedman, Canary Coalition – sponsor, Presentation Tent

3:00 pm – Asheville/Buncombe’s Blue Horizon’s Project – Sophie Mullinax, Blue Horizon’s Project  , presentation tent

3:30 pm – Helping Each Other Reduce Energy Use – Roger Helm, Energy Savers Network , presentation tent

4:00 pm – Climate Change & Justice in NC panel with:  Tom Maycock, North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, Dr. Liesel Erb, Warren Wilson College; Dr. Anne Richardson, Climate Psychiatry Alliance; Will Heegaard, Footprint Project – sponsor

5:30 pm – Coal’s Impact on Communities of the Southeast – Erin Savage, Appalachian Voices, sponsor

6:00 pm – Climate Reality Project , WNC Chapter – Sponsor

8:00 pm  – Renewable Energy Systems on a Farm – Richard Freudenberger, Living Web Farms  , workshop tent

Sunday, Aug. 11th

10:30 am – Power & Light from the Sun 101 – Ed Witkin – United Solar Initiative, sponsor, Solar Expo

11:00 am – EV Vehicles – Rudy Beharrysingh, Blue Ridge EV Club  , presentation tent

11:30 am – Empower Yourself: Edison (Nickel-Iron) Battery Refurbishing and Benefits – Keenan Phillips, KS Phillips Contracting – sponsor, Solar Expo

11:30 am – Financing Solar – Josh Redmond, presentation tent

12:30 pmClean Green Solar Machine – Lyle Ciardi – sponsor The Perfect Off Grid Battery Storage Solution, Solar Expo

12:30 pm – Clean Path 2025 – Kim Porter, NC WARN, presentation tent

1:00 pm – Power2Choose Your Personal Energy Security – Rocky Buldo, Power2Choose/Enough Technologies   Solar Expo

1:00 pmGreen Jobs Panel with:  John Esson, Environmental Careers Center; Montana Bush, Alternative Energy Southeast , sponsor; Chelsa Barnes, Appalachian Voices – sponsor, presentation tent

3:00 pm – Deploying Solar + Storage to Climate Emergencies: Lessons from the Field – Will Heegaard and Lee Feliciano, Footprint Project and Rent Solar – sponsor, presentation tent

3:30 pm -Non-profit and Municipal Strategies for Installing Solar System – Jeff Deal, AIRE (Appalachain Institute for Renewable Energy), Presentation tent

Participating Businesses

Special thanks to our solar sponsors for powering up the festival.

Tree Sound Studio, sponsor

United Solar Initiative, sponsor

Sundance, sponsor

Power2Choose/Enough Technologies, sponsor

SolFarm, sponsor

Sunny Box Solar, sponsor

Footprint Project/Rent Solar, sponsor  

KS Phillips Contracting, sponsor

Triple Aught Design and Build , sponsor

Clean Green Solar Machine , sponsor  

Preserve Resources – sponsor

Carrborro Solar Works, LLC, sponsor

Alternative Energy Southeast, sponsor   

Heartwood Community, sponsor

Rick Denzien, “The Zero Emmissions Musician” 

Wi-Buy Energy

Palmetto State Solar, NC Branch

Creative Solar

Renewable Energy Southeast

Living Web Farms

David Delvecchio

AIRE – Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy

MB Haynes Corporation, Asheville

EcoEthic Solar, LLC.