28th Energy Fair now underway

Published: Jun. 16, 2017 at 6:21 PM CDT
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The 28th annual Energy Fair got underway Friday in Custer, and runs until Sunday. This event is the oldest and largest of its kind in the entire world.

Visitors can attend one of the more than 250 workshops and stop by one of the more than 200 exhibits at the fair hosted by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA).

"This is an educational event, so it's really a great opportunity for people to learn about sustainable living," said Gina Miresse, Development Director with MREA.

MREA founding member Gordon Cunningham said the group works to promote renewable energy through education.

"Any change, any positive change starts with education," said Cunningham, "And that was the whole focus of the event in the first place."

One of the biggest factors of the fair is the focus on solar power, which as Curt Clapier with Legacy Power said, is less common in Wisconsin.

"It's relatively new to Wisconsin, there's maybe 22,000 solar customers across the state which is relatively small," said Clapier.

One of the new things this year is the row of car charging stations. There's one 'super station' that can fully charge a car in about 30 minutes. The one found at the fair is one of maybe two in the whole state.

Staff and visitors are excited to listen to keynote speaker JB Straubel, a co-founder of Tesla. He will speak Saturday at 1 p.m.

More than 15,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the weekend. You can get tickets for a day pass for $15.

If you are unable to attend this weekend, there will be a second fair this September in St. Paul, Minnesota.