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.  We have created a Portal to the Future to bring together all of these important trends.

Be sure to read about the presentations that happen each day from 12:00-4:00 in the  “energy tent”. This year’s presenters will  cover 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.
  • Domestic DC systems: Installing off-grid and grid-tied solar systems in the North Quabbin area. Powering the wood turning lathes at the festival. Visit our trailer in the renewable energy section
  • 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.
  •  MOR-EV Program: Electric Vehicles, including electric bikes, will be on display in the Portal area. 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.
  • The Rich Earth Institute: provides ecological sanitation and collects urine 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.