A mobile demonstrative trailer unit showcasing the possibilities of renewable energy-based technology will make its debut during the 2013 Irish Days festival.
Representing the collected efforts of a steering committee featuring a membership spanning the entire county, the project’s funding came through a grant from Solar Oregon, a non-profit dedicated to public engagement in the realm of solar energy.
Additionally, numerous donations through varied businesses and individuals assisted in the construction of the trailer, said Lake County Resources Initiative Exec. Dir. Jim Walls.
The trailer, which measures 7-by-16 feet in dimensions, is not completely finished, but will have sufficient demonstrative capabilities for the Irish Days audience, said LCRI Renewable Energy Coordinator Katie Kargol.
The first presentation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, with a second scheduled for 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., she said.
Literature on varied technologies as well as cost savings will be available, and the trailer’s ultimate purpose will be to serve as a “one stop shop” for information on energy options and systems, Kargol said.
Renewable Energy Specialist Bob Rogers will lead a pair of workshops during the afternoon, with one focused on home and ranch solar energy systems and another dedicated to energy efficiency topics related to such systems as ground-source heat pumps and radiant floor heat, Kargol said.
Comparative energy costs between fuel oil and newer technologies will be part of the information sharing, so the public can take a look at the savings potential.
“This gives people options, if they want it,” Walls said.