Full House Expected for Renewable Energy Fair

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Martin Kleinschmit, martink@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 254-6893 or Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007
Hartington, NE – Over 500 attendees are expected to participate in Nebraska's first ever Renewable Energy Fair. The event, which is hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs, will be held September 18, 2008 at the Cedar County Fairgrounds in Hartington, NE. The fair will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a lunch break at noon. A detailed schedule can be viewed at: http://www.cfra.org/files/renewable-energy-fair-flyer.pdf
"Along with learning about ways to conserve energy and save money, the renewable energy fair will be a great opportunity for people to learn how rural communities can build on unique assets such as wind power and biofuels to create jobs and economic opportunities that help build a better future for everyone in our communities," said Chuck Hassebrook, Center for Rural Affairs Executive Director.  Hassebrook will kickoff the renewable energy fair with a welcome and comments about renewable energy and rural community development.
According to Hassebrook, renewable energy is a way to bring in good paying, knowledge based jobs that will help attract a new generation of families to our rural communities. The energy fair will be a great place for community developers to learn how wind power, biofuels, energy efficiency and other related industries can play a crucial role in their community's development efforts.
When the Renewable Energy Fair concept was presented to the Cedar County Commissioners, Commissioner Marlen Kraemer expressed his support by saying, "This is true economic development."
Hartington Mayor Bill Yates said, "We are excited about hosting the Renewable Energy Fair in our community. I think the ideas and programs discussed will make a real difference in how we look at renewable energy systems in the future."
Participants will be able to witness a screw press making biodiesel from soybeans and other oil seeds, see small wind turbines at work, photo voltaic units making electricity from the sunshine, home made solar collectors, and many other methods and devices to producer energy, conserve energy and save as well as make money.
There will be a variety of concurrent sessions to be presented throughout the day. Topics include small and utility-scale wind turbines, hybrid and electric cars, USDA programs on energy efficiency and renewable energy systems, concepts of home-built solar heaters, energy conservation programs and practices, climate change, carbon credit programs, reducing crop inputs and livestock feed costs, school wind projects, energy safety, and much more.
"The future of our communities is why many of us are so enthusiastic about renewable energy.  Rural America has an asset urban America lacks - land.  And we have plenty of wind.  If we build the renewable energy industry the right way, then there is real potential to create economic opportunities that bring young people and young families to our small towns," said Hassebrook. 
For more information, contact Martin Kleinschmit at 402-254-6893 or martink@cfra.org. You can check the Center’s website for more details as well, www.cfra.org or Download the Energy Fair Flyer at: http://www.cfra.org/files/renewable-energy-fair-flyer.pdf

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