Renewable Energy and Local Living

Interested in renewable energy, energy conservation, and learning new or old skills to thrive locally? We are! The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is committed to strengthening our communities, and this means promoting energy self-reliance and education about how to reduce consumption and waste, use renewable forms of energy, and re-skill our lives to create a better future for everyone.

The 2020 Festival will be held on October 3 and 4.  More details about our 2020 programs and offerings will be available soon.

Visit the Portal to the Future area at the north end of the site that brings together important trends that contribute to community-building and local resilience.

Be sure to read about the presentations that happened each day in 2019 from 12:00-4:00 in the  “energy tent”.  The 2019 presenters covered green energy topics, ideas for building community and organizing on behalf of the planet, threats to pollinators, the healing value of mushrooms, and sustainable building products.  At left, Brian of North Quabbin Energy explains “winserts” – home-made window inserts. Conservation is first in the holy trinity of energy consciousness – conservation, efficiency, renewables.

  • North Quabbin Energy: Get your questions answered by members of this informal group providing guidance and inspiration to citizens of the 9 towns in the North Quabbin area.
  • Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics (PV²): Come see the ‘gear’ and hear the music on a stage that is powered by a solar electric system.  This year all of the festival, including the vendors in the Portal to the Future will be powered by solar energy and batteries.
  • Domestic DC systems: Installing off-grid and grid-tied solar systems in the North Quabbin area. Powering the the festival with batteries. Visit our trailer in the Portal to the Future.
  • CO-OP Power: Grass roots at its best, they are a member based organization bringing solar hot water, home weatherizations, biodiesel, and more to Western Mass.
  • The Rich Earth Institute: providers of ecological sanitation, will once again collect urine at the Festival to be sanitized and used as fertilizer.  They would love to talk to you about your feelings and perceptions of urine-derived fertilizer as part of the social research they are doing.  Look for their tables near the potties at the festival.
  • This Chevy Volt powered the Renewable Energy Tent!

    Transportation is responsible for much of the past, present, and future greenhouse gas emissions.  Are there alternatives?  Sure there are!  E-Bikes and hybrids and fully electric cars, such as this Chevy Volt, are here to stay as battery technology keeps advancing by leaps and bounds.  Come check out some examples and learn how this car can be used as a generator.