The 4th Annual Milford Renewable Energy Fair will take place on April 26th. Sponsored by the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center (SUTREC), the fair is expected to attract 900 people from all across Utah and Nevada to Milford, Utah. The highlight of the fair is an electric vehicle endurance race that pits high school student teams against each other in a battle of engineering, science and driving skill.
Andy Swapp, a career and technical education instructor at Milford High School, originally organized the fair to help his students connect with major players in the growing field of renewable energy. “It’s meant to be a lot of fun, but it’s also a look at the future of energy,” he said.
As the home of First Wind’s Milford Wind Project, the Blundell Geothermal plant, the Cyrq Energy Geothermal plant and Utah’s first hydroelectric power plant, Beaver County and the City of Milford is a logical choice to host the energy fair.
SUTREC will unveil its new Renewable Energy Education Trailer which is designed to take learning on the road. The trailer features a 1 kilowatt solar array, a 100 watt wind turbine, access to a full battery bank and other teaching technology. The trailer will serve as a mobile classroom to train and educate individuals and communities about renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels, including several functional and accessible renewable technologies. Visitors to the SUTREC Renewable Energy Education Trailer will be able to experience renewable energy up close and gain a solid sense of how it works and how much power it can provide.
The Milford Fair also includes over 40 vendors displaying the latest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, biomass and alternative fuel technologies including several natural gas and electric powered vehicles.
Universities, government agencies, energy industry leaders, students and scientists will all have displays to educate the public on the latest advances in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Samantha Mary Julian, Director of the Utah Office of Energy Development will address the crowd and will also present Andy Swapp of Milford High School with a congressional tribute from Senator Orrin Hatch.
Educational breakout sessions will feature two 20-minute workshops providing an overview of wind and solar energy. Fair participants will also enjoy watching several high schools compete in four renewable energy related competitions.
The event will begin at 9:00AM on THursday, April 26th at Milford High School, 62 North 300 West in Milford, Utah. Booth displays will be open until 2:30PM with the electric car race beginning at 11:00M. Attendance is free, and the public is encouraged to participate and learn more about the future of renewable energy in Utah.
The fair is made possible through support of First Wind, Rocky Mountain Power, Utah Department of Workforce Services, Salt Lake Community College, Utah Office of Energy Development, Cyrq Energy, Beaver County, enXco, UAMPS, Milford Chamber of Commerce, USTAR and SUTREC. Funding support for the both the fair and SUTREC Energy Education Trailer has been provided by the US Department of Labor.