Thursday, 23 May 2024

SolFest returns to Hopland this weekend

HOPLAND – Now in its 13th year, "The Greenest Show on Earth" returns once again this weekend to the Solar Living Institute in Hopland as SolFest, the world's premier two-day celebration of renewable energy and sustainable living.


The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17 just over the Hopland grade from Lakeport.


Since its inception in 1996, more than 100,000 people have learned how to change the world while having fun at SolFest.


Each summer SolFest transforms the rural hamlet of Hopland, in Mendocino County, into the global epicenter of green living.


The main stage, family stage, and six workshop tents are filled with world-renowned speakers, musicians and artists, offering keynotes, panels, performances, and more than 50 one-hour workshops.


The leading developers and distributors of green products and services will be available, sponsoring and exhibiting in hundreds of booths and displays that fill the beautifully landscaped grounds for two days.


Workshops include: Beyond the Defensible Space-Fire & Earthquake Resistant Green Building Techniques and Materials, Convert Your Motorcycle to Electric, How Any Business Can Make Money Being Green, How To Bring Local Clean Energy To Your City – and these are offered in just the first three hours of the event. With six workshop areas running concurrently, there is a workshop for everyone each hour of the event.


In addition to the workshops, there are three stages, with speakers and performers also running concurrently. Luckily, they provide handouts and a map so you can plan your route beforehand.


The highlights of this year's event includes a talk by Derrick Jensen, author and winner of this years' Eric Hoffer award for his book "Thought to Exist in the Wild," and winner of the Press Action Person of the Year in 2006 for his two books, “Endgame,” Volume I and Volume II.


Preceding Jensen on the same stage will be Maria Muldaur, who recently wowed the crowed at the Blue Wing Blues Festival in Upper Lake. Both will be performing Saturday afternoon.


Congressman Mike Thompson will be speaking on Sunday afternoon, preceding a panel discussion on global warming led by Richard Heinberg, who has written extensively about peak oil, including in a recent book titled "Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines."


Tickets for SolFest are $45 for the entire weekend or $30 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday. Admission is free for volunteers, and volunteer opportunities are still available.


Contact the Solar Living Institute at 744-2017 or www.solarliving.org.


E-mail Terre Logsdon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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