Spotlight shines on conservation at upcoming energy fairs

Three energy fairs in May and June offer local residents a chance to save money, win prizes, and help the San Juan Islands increase energy resilience and become an energy-saving model for the nation.

The fairs are co-hosted by OPALCO and Islands Energy.

These family-friendly events have something for everyone: free energy saving kits, prizes, workshops, solar crafts, and live music.

Highlights include a solar home tour, electric vehicles, and demonstrations of energy-related technologies at a Home Energy Efficiency Workshop.

Islands Energy, led by San Juan Islands Conservation District, partnered with OPALCO’s Member Owned Renewable Energy Committee to coordinate these three fairs.

Each fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following Saturdays: May 17 at 95 Nichols Street in Friday Harbor; May 31 at Lopez Community Center; June 7 at Village Green in Eastsound.

“We are building on successes OPALCO has already achieved with their rebate programs and SmartHub,” said Lynda Lyshall of the Conservation District.

In 2013, OPALCO issued $412,354 in rebates to members with a total kWh savings of 1,708,309.

Reservations for the Home Energy Efficiency Workshop and the solar home tour are recommended. To reserve a spot, call 360-378-6621 or email

To learn more, go to or call the OPALCO Energy Savings team at 376-3586. Or visit for updates on the fair.


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