Grab your bike or ride the bus to save some gas on your way to Solar Fest, Texas’ only 100 percent renewably powered event, where San Antonio and South Texas will get a healthy and fun dose of education and entertainment Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Maverick Park.
Solar San Antonio gives a first-hand glimpse at available solar technologies and innovations.
“We bring the community out to enjoy live music, solar demonstrations, food, and fun under the live oaks of Maverick Park,” says the event’s website.
Solar energy, green building, energy rebates, live music, 5k race, free trees, and kids activities with free admission make Solar Fest a must see for anyone concerned about the rising costs of energy.
Since September 2010, Solar San Antonio, the non-profit organization hosting the event, launched the Bring Solar Home program to help homeowners install solar energy.
“The campaign connects residents with local installers, provides information on financial incentives, and worked with San Antonio Credit Union to create the very first Solar Home Improvement Loan,” says spokesperson Christine Chapa. “By simplifying the process of ‘going solar,’ Solar San Antonio has contributed over 70 new solar installations in San Antonio in the past five months and anticipates continued success.”
Chapa says “all of the electricity used at Solar Fest is derived from solar energy and soy-based biodiesel fuels.”
Sustainable Waves, a company specializing in sustainable energy solutions for the entertainment industry is providing their solar powered stage, sound system, and expertise to Solar Fest.
“Sustainable Waves has invested in the future by utilizing the renewable energy sources of the sun to deliver 100% pollution free concerts,” explained Chapa.
Bicycle parking will be provided at Maverick Park at the corner of Broadway and 10th Street. Event hosts recommend bikers wear their helmet and “bring a bicycle lock to secure your ride while you enjoy Solar Fest.”
Solar energy, green building, energy rebates, live music, 5k race, free trees, kids activities, free admission.
A solar powered buggy from The Alamo City Electric Auto Association will lead participants from the Solar Fest grounds to Texas’ largest commercial rooftop solar installation at the Pearl Brewery, and back to the festival. Race course is stroller and pet friendly.
Registration for the race is from 6:15 am to 7:45 am at race site, Maverick Park (Broadway & 10th). Start time is 8:00 a.m., followed by Solar Fest at 1000 Broadway.