Montana Clean Energy Fair comes to Helena

Seventh annual fair at Pioneer Park focuses on renewable energy topics

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The Montana Renewable Energy Association is hosting its seventh annual Montana Clean Energy Fair on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. in Pioneer Park, located next to the Lewis and Clark Library in downtown Helena. The fair is the place to be this Saturday for Montanans interested in making the leap to producing their own power and anyone wanting to learn more about renewable energy.

Montana Clean Energy Fair
Kids’ activities are part of the Montana Clean Energy Fair in Helena.

“With workshops on clean energy topics ranging from energy efficiency and off-grid living to community solar and energy storage, this is your chance to learn more about solar energy, meet and talk with installers and explore your options for powering your home or business with solar,” said Andrew Valainis, executive director of MREA.

The Clean Energy Fair is free, open to the public and will feature a series of 45-minute educational workshops on a variety of renewable energy topics. The fair will also highlight electric cars, including the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and Chevrolet Spark. Montana renewable energy businesses will be on hand to showcase their offerings and answer questions.

The event is family-friendly. Kids’ activities include model solar-car races, solar-oven construction, and a bouncy castle. There will also be a raffle for an electric bicycle valued at $1,000.

Major sponsors of the 2017 Clean Energy Fair include the Missoula Federal Credit Union, the J.C. Kennedy Foundation, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and the Helena Independent Record.

The Clean Energy Fair is partnering with the Helena Sun Run, a 5K run, one-mile walk and bicycle parade that starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Anchor Park (next to Pioneer Park). Proceeds supporting a solar array at Carroll College.

The Montana Renewable Energy Association, founded in 2000, is comprised of businesses, individuals and families dedicated to expanding Montana’s use of renewable energy in order to conserve natural resources, create jobs, and increase the independence and resilience of our communities.

For more information on the Clean Energy Fair, call 406-214-9405 or visit