Past Events

The 5th Annual Kitsap County Solar Tour was held on October 2, 2010   

At this year’s Solar Tour, people found a number of ideas to bolster their self-reliance, & strengthen the community.
They found answers to:
★ Can the sun power their home and move their car?  
★ How does a single mom afford to give all five of her children warm baths.
★ Can an energy performance evaluation save them money?
★ And, who holds the key to the Community Solar Garden?

All proceeds from the Tour went to the benefit of the solar thermal system at a Habitat for Humanity home.  >> learn more


Community Energy Forum - Positive Power Solutions for All
April 17, 2010, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bainbridge High School Commons,9330 NE High School Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
On April 17, 2010, CES hosted the first Community Energy Forum, at the Bainbridge High School Commons. Expert presentations were given in community solar, district energy, and energy efficiency. There were also nearly twenty exhibitors in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields; including a live demonstration of a gasifier unit by Victory Gasworks (far right below), which produced electricity from wood. Special guests during the day included US. Rep. Jay Inslee (far left below) and State Senator Phil Rockefeller (center photo below receiving a Thank You plague presented by Gary Nystedt of the City of Ellensburg).

See Program Agenda Here

Comment received about the Community Energy Forum:The Forum was a very strong assembly of both industry and government expertise. The presentations were highly informative and relevant. Knowledge of the broad spectrum of energy generation and conservation is important to all of us who practice in one form or another. The presentations regarding state and federal programs were also useful. Whether directly related or indirectly related to my field of energy auditing, the presentations added to awareness at minimum and inspired new ideas and approaches to my work at best. They also provide resources for current work in areas such as renewables and potential funding info. which could ultimately benefit our customers. Being able to network with other companies and representatives was an added bonus.By Paul Holt, EcoFab

4th Annual Kitsap County Solar Tour: All things green and solar
On October 3, 2009, many Kitsap residents took the opportunity to visit 22 sites all over the County, from Port Gamble to Port Orchard, to learn how people are harnessing energy from the sun, increasing their home energy efficiency, and living with a lower carbon footprint. The event was organized CES and was part of the National Solar Tour, the largest renewable energy event in the United States. Of particular interest was the opportunity to watch a professional home energy audit take place at Hope House on Bainbridge Island. People could see first hand what can be found with a blower door test and a thermal imaging test. Other notable sites was the first LEED Platinum designed home in Washington outside of Seattle and a community solar energy project, at Sakai School on Bainbridge Island, where the tour kick-off.

State Representative Christine Rolfes was present at the kick-off at Sakai School (pictured at left). She told the audience:"The community has given the students at Sakai a great gift. The solar panels represent our creativity, our determination, and our vision of a hopeful transition to a renewable energy future. These solar panels are the gift of hope and opportunity, and with them we show the kids that our generation is doing our best to meet the challenges that we face."

New Energy for Kitsap County Summit
On May 26, 2009, close to 50 people attended the New Energy for Kitsap County Summit in Silverdale Community Center on May 26, 2009. They came from diverse background and industries, including state legislature, county and city governments, education, home building and contracting, energy services business, community action agencies, nonprofits, entreprenuers, and utilities. The topics of presentation and discussion centered on clean energy and the opportunity to build a Kitsap-centered new energy economy. Thank you Senator Phil Rockefeller (pictured above), Representative Larry Seaquist (pictured above) for your active support.

Transforming the Energy Efficiency Market in Kitsap County by Tammy Deets, Community Energy Solutions.

Other past CES events:
Kitsap County Solar Tour 2008
Kitsap County Solar Tour 2007
Earth Day Energy Central, April 21, 2007
Bainbridge Island Solar Forum 2006, August 19, 2006
Bainbridge Island Solar Forum 2005, August 27, 2005

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