The Chewonki Foundation will hold its eighth annual Conference on Sustainable Energy on Saturday, April 26. Highlighting the day will be a first-in-the-nation installation of a combined solar electricity and hot water module system designed and manufactured by Ascendant Energy, a Rockland company.
“I am very excited that Chewonki participated in the development of this efficient, newly commercialized technology that has the capacity to make electricity and to heat hot water at the same time with the same module. This has been a great collaboration,” says Peter Arnold, sustainability coordinator for the Chewonki Foundation.
Keynote speaker Paul Kando will open the day’s events. Kando has spent a lifetime in the renewable energy fields since moving to the United States from his native Hungary. He worked on one of the nation’s first solar energy installations, helped design and install a solar heating system for the White House during Jimmy Carter’s presidency, managed a solar energy program for the U.S. Department of Energy and worked in building energy research in Scandinavia, where he produced three documentary films on advanced building systems.
Kando will address the latest science, the warning signs and the anticipated tipping points that will affect the world and our region. “What some see as a looming crisis, others see as the opportunity of a lifetime. Both views are right, of course. But which of the two will prevail depends on whether we are willing, with a reasoned urgency, to act. There are clouds on the horizon, but I plan to convince you of their silver lining. Then I will leave you with an open question: What are we waiting for?” says Kando.
Arnold says interest in the subject of renewable energy is growing quickly especially as prices for fuel continue to rise and awareness of global warming increases. The annual event will draw a cadre of climate change activists, energy and efficiency innovators and supporters of emerging new alternative technologies. The conference, open to the public by registration, is designed to offer current information on climate change science and practical workshops for people interested in increasing their energy efficiency while using sustainable, renewable energy technologies. For complete workshop descriptions, visit www.chewonki.org/pathways.