Opening Up

Plug Into The Sun

catch some rays at the Solar Power Wisconsin conference

Tom Giffey |

 “Let the sunshine / let the sunshine in / the sunshine in ...”
“Let the sunshine / let the sunshine in / the sunshine in ...”

The moon isn’t the only celestial body that’s super: The sun – our very own mass of incandescent gas – send enough energy to the earth in an hour and a half to meet humanity’s energy needs for an entire year. (Yes, you read that right: a whole year.) So how can we use solar power to do more than just power our pocket calculators? Check out the Solar Power Wisconsin conference Oct. 24 at Chippewa Valley Technical College to find out. There you’ll find a full array of solar information, from expert presentations to vendor displays to local businesses, farmers, and residents who are already benefiting from their own solar systems. The conference, sponsored by Affordable Solar Chippewa Valley and CVTC, will be at the college’s new Energy Education Center, just off the North Crossing. “We are excited to partner with CVTC again this year to offer residents of western Wisconsin a great educational opportunity to learn more about solar energy,” conference spokesperson Hanna Terwilliger said. “This year attendees will have opportunity, via Google Earth, to consult with installers on the solar potential of their properties, or learn how they can join a community solar garden at one of our local electricity providers.” Those providers – Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and Xcel Energy – are at different stages of allowing their customers to access solar-generated watts.

Solar Power Wisconsin Affordable Energy Conference • Saturday, Oct. 24, 11am-5pm • Chippewa Valley Technical College Energy Education Center, 4000 Campus Road, Eau Claire • FREE • registration encouraged at