Alternative Energy Expo Is First of Its Kind in Maryland Region
The first annual Solar and Wind Expo will convene at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium this May. The event, to take place both indoors and outdoors on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 7 to 9, will be the first consumer show in the state devoted to renewable energy.
George Lopez, a local resident, businessman and alternative energy advocate, is the Expo’s founder and executive director. “Never has there been a better time for this kind of show,” Lopez declares. “With all the technological advances, the government-sponsored incentives and the 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....and now we have that!”
The Solar and Wind Expo (www.thesolarandwindexpo.com) has already created a buzz in the sustainability community, landing Bob Dixson, the mayor of Greensburg, Kansas, as its keynote speaker. Greensburg made national news when it was totally destroyed by a powerful tornado in 2007.
Mayor Dixson has been formally recognized for his leadership role in rebuilding every structure in Greensburg to meet the highest United States Green Building Council certification, LEED Platinum -- most notably by President Obama with an invitation to address a joint session of Congress. Greensburg, as the first city in the country to go entirely green, is a shining 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 unique opportunity to interact with the actual energy-producing products, as well as 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 very 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,” Lopez adds.””This will be a truly groundbreaking event.”
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