Blog : First ever Lee Energy Fair slated for April 16th

By Jim Cavan | Apr 5, 2011 | in

Along with warmer weather and longer days, the coming of spring also means more town fairs.

Not only are these fairs an excuse for families to officially end their winter hibernation; they’re also a way to get reconnected with the community.
But far from wheeling out the popcorn machines, hot dogs and balloons, the town of Lee is focusing on another theme of the season: green.

On Saturday, April 16th, Lee will hold its first ever Energy Fair at the Mast Way School on Route 155. The Fair is being sponsored by the town of Lee and conducted by Dover-based Sustainable Development and Energy Systems (SDES).

The idea for the fair arose out of an earlier partnership between Lee and Sustainable Energy and Development Systems (SDES), the sister company of Revolution Energy which has conducted a number of energy audits and other efficiency measures for the town and throughout the state.

The fair will feature a number of booths and vendors representing alternative energy and green-oriented companies from throughout the region.

“We’re trying to mobilize the town around the idea of clean and efficient energy, and kind of taking the temperature of the town to see where people’s priorities lie,” explains Jon Spencer, resident scientist for Revolution Energy. “We just felt it would be a good way to get people excited about green energy and its promising future in the region and throughout New Hampshire.”


To that end, SDES will also use the fair as an opportunity to survey residents about their home energy use, in an effort to paint a clearer picture for future initiatives by the town.

The survey will be collected to determine the priorities of the citizens, and to guide the Lee Energy Committee in developing a handbook to assist residents with reducing the energy consumption and transitioning and switching to renewable resources.

The fair, which will go from 12:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon, will also feature a raffle which Spencer claims could include free energy audits.

“We did a smaller fair in Meredith last year where we gave away 8 free energy audits,” recalls Spencer. “People seemed pretty excited about that, because it really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Also included will be presentations from leaders of New Hampshire’s growing green economy on topics ranging from renewable energy, weatherization and energy policy. The presentations will be designed to help educate citizens on how to make informed decisions with regards to their energy consumption.

Spencer hopes to attract a number of businesses from the Green Alliance, the Seacoast-based “green business union” of which SDES/Revolution has been a member of since last fall.

For Dorn Cox, Chair of the Lee Energy Committee, educating the community about green energy alternative remains the chief aim of the fair.

“With higher oil prices expected next winter, now is a great time to get folks out to learn how we can be prepared using our own local resources,” says Cox. “We’re thrilled to be working closely with SDES and our town citizens, committees and departments to help asses our towns energy needs, reduce our costs and prepare for the future."

In total the principles of the fair are hoping to attract 20-25 vendors, representing alternative energy and green-oriented companies from throughout the region, as well as several presentations from energy conservation and generation specialists, including: Green Alliance, Frase Electric, Greenovations, Ultra Geothermal, Turncycle Solutions, Sea Solar Store, Revision Energy, Quality Insulation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Revolution Energy.

Founded in 2007, SDES provides technology-neutral solution for clients big and small interested in saving energy, reducing energy costs, and creating a cleaner, greener environment, and include energy audits; energy planning; alternative energy system installation; general contracting; and low energy residential designs, among others.

SDES was hired to organize the fair using funds from a federal grant awarded to the Lee Energy Committee and administered through the NH Office of Energy and Planning.