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.

The 2019 Festival will be held on September 28 and 29.  Please check back here for information about the events that will be featured in 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 2018 from 12:00-4:00 in the  “energy tent”. The 2018 presenters covered green energy topics and ideas for gardening and farming, including urine-derived fertilizer.  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.
  •  MOR-EV Program: E-Bikes, Trikes, and full size Electric cars, such as this Chevy Volt, will again be on display. Battery technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, and Massachusetts still has great incentives for owning or leasing a variety of makes and models of brand new EVs. Come kick the tires, look under the hoods, and talk to representatives from Mass Drive Clean and learn more about rebates up to $2500 and federal tax incentives available to Massachusetts residents.