The San Luis Valley is one of Colorado’s leading communities in renewable energy and local food production.  We are home to commercial-scale solar farms, abundant off-grid residences and businesses, an emerging biomass project, vibrant local food systems, leading-edge solar design, and solar hot water installations.  According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado is fifth in the nation in its solar resource and the San Luis Valley actually is number one in Colorado.

This photo was taken during construction of Kelly & Zana’s earthbag house in the Baca. photo by Kelly Hart

On Labor Day weekend, September 4 & 5, Crestone will be hosting the 21st Annual San Luis Valley Energy Fair as we “EmPower Our Community—Using Local Resources”.  Come on down to the Little Pearl Park, between Silver & Galena Streets, and the Artisans Park for a fun-filled and educational weekend!

The San Luis Valley is one of Colorado’s leading communities in renewable energy and local food production.  We are home to commercial-scale solar farms, abundant off-grid residences and businesses, an emerging biomass project, vibrant local food systems, leading-edge solar design, and solar hot water installations.  According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado is fifth in the nation in its solar resource and the San Luis Valley actually is number one in Colorado.

On Labor Day weekend, September 4 & 5, Crestone will be hosting the 21st Annual San Luis Valley Energy Fair as we “EmPower Our Community—Using Local Resources”.  Come on down to the Little Pearl Park, between Silver & Galena Streets, and the Artisans Park for a fun-filled and educational weekend!

Demonstrations

An earthbag house in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. photo by Kelly Hart

Saturday will provide educational resources through demonstrations and presentations covering subjects such as:  Strawbale Home Construction, Earthen Plaster & Pigments, Total Solar Home Design, Earth Bag Construction, Geo Thermal Energy in the San Luis Valley, and Building a Solar Oven.

We welcome Shumei Institute and their principles of Natural Agriculture, along with other groups and individuals sharing their sustainable solutions for living in the San Luis Valley.  The Crestone Saturday Market, which has been rapidly growing in the past few years, will join the Energy Fair by sharing the fruits (no pun intended) of their food growing skills, and a plethora of amazing creations, from Organic Skin Care products and soaps, to creative arts and crafts.

Children’s activities

A variety of adventures will occur in the Children’s Area including:  Solar car building and demonstrations, non-toxic face painting, didjeridoos constructed out of recycled materials, Dances of Universal Peace, and wonderful children’s performances led by “Sacred Breath Lodge” with Chris and Andrea Long doing Native American chanting and drumming.

Jonathan Dobson will operate a solar toy car race for the kids

Music

The Laughing Buddha Lounge will host the weekend’s evening entertainment starting on Friday night with music by “The Human Revolution” at 8:30pm with politically, socially, and ecologically inspired lyrics.  Saturday evening, “Planet O”, who rocked the Crestone Music Festival last year, will bring out their assortment of instrumentation and entertainment at 8pm. On Sunday evening our own “2 Weeks in Fiji” at 8:30pm will rock you to culminate a weekend of education, amusement and community gathering.

A diversity of music will enliven and sustain an enjoyable weekend experience during the daytime with some of our favorite local musicians such as Barry Monroe, Tedd Brumm, Tony & friends, CB Jazz, Adam del Amor and Marilyn Marzella. And on the dance stage, we will have BellySattva and Kalimera including several local teens in Tribal Style Bellydance, Crestone Love Tribe featuring African drum and dance and Crestone Kajukenbo.

Anikke Storm demonstrates earthen plasters. photo by Carmin Teeple

Home tour

Sunday afternoon, the Energy Fair hosts the nationally acclaimed home tour of the Northern Valley/Crestone area where residents and organizations open their alternatively built homes and structures to interested tour takers. Three very different and exciting tours will be available, led by Paul Koppana, Paul Shippee, and Adam del Amor.  These home tours will feature many beautiful dwellings throughout the Baca Grande subdivision, the Town of Crestone, and the northern SLV.

Some of the houses on the tour are still in various phases of construction, while others have had many years for the homeowners to perfect any challenges. While on the home tour, you will be guided by an instructor who is a builder and is knowledgeable in the elements of the alternative building process.  Also, the home-owners will be present to help share their perspectives on how the building process went, as well as proudly emphasizing what worked for them. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the information booth on Saturday at the Energy Fair.  Enjoy a fun, inspiring, learning atmosphere to prepare yourselves for the joys of building your own sustainable home in harmony with nature. Come and partake of this wonderful opportunity with the 2010 Home Tour!

Haidakhandi Universal Ashram’s earthship, demonstrating both photovoltaic panels and solar cooker. HUA photo

We look forward to seeing you at the 2010 San Luis Valley Energy Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 4-5, from 9am-5pm.  There is no admission charge, although donations will be gratefully accepted.  For further information, please see our ad on this page, check out our website at www.slvenergyfair.com, or call 719-256-4591.