Greensburg Mayor to Keynote Solar & Wind Expo
Alternative Energy Expo set for Maryland in May
The first annual Solar and Wind Expo (thesolarandwindexpo.com) will convene at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium this May 7 to 9. The indoor and outdoor event will be the first consumer show in the state devoted to renewable energy.
“Never has there been a better time for this kind of show,” says its founder and executive director George Lopez. “With all the technological advances, the government-sponsored incentives, and desire of so many to save money on energy and reduce their carbon footprint, all that was missing is a place for all parties to connect. Now we have that!”
Keynote speaker will be Bob Dixson, mayor of Greensburg, Kansas. The city made national news when it was destroyed by a tornado in 2007. Dixson has been recognized for his leadership role in rebuilding every structure in Greensburg to meet the highest U.S. Green Building Council certification, LEED Platinum, most notably by President Obama with an invitation to address a joint session of Congress. Greensburg, the first city in the country to go entirely green, is an example of how becoming sustainable is both viable and economically beneficial.
The goal of The Solar and Wind Expo is to “make green a reality” by bringing the most instrumental groups together for the first time in Maryland in one location: leading manufacturers and suppliers of green technologies, representatives from government agencies promoting the use of green technologies, and financial institutions providing special financing for green building projects.
Expo attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the actual energy- producing products, and have their questions answered by experts in the alternative energy field. In addition, electric-powered vehicles will cruise around an Electric Car Loop, and renewable energy experts will conduct seminars and meet one-on-one with attendees. “It is exciting to give those like me who are passionate about reducing their carbon footprint and living in a more environmentally friendly way an opportunity to interact with the product and become educated on issues surrounding building green, like tax and other incentive programs,” adds Lopez.