Friday, October 12, 2007

Solar Fair on Sunday

Grand Opening Features Solar Fair on Sunday.

The Solar Center will open a solar information and demonstration center at a storefront in a new retail location, 1786 East Jericho Turnpike in Dix Hills.

The facility, the first in a series planned on the East Coast, will feature extensive “touchable” solar electric and hot water system components, and will have regular hours five days a week.

Weekly solar seminars are planned, as well as regular presentations.

To celebrate the opening, a “Solar Fair,” with technology demonstrations, educational programs, entertainment, kid-friendly activities and refreshments takes place from noon to 5 p.m..

Free solar toys will be given away to children, and the first 50 households participating will receive a certificate for $1,000 off a new solar electric system. Each participant can also enter a raffle for a solar iPod and cell phone charger, a solar backpack and other prizes.

From Sunday on, solar experts will staff the facility. Using Google Earth and computer stations, they will analyze the solar potentials for buildings of interest to visitors. Energy-saving light bulbs, alternate energy and energy efficiency books, solar toys and solar backpacks are among the smaller items available for sale.

The building will be powered by highly visible solar panels on the roof. Sustainable construction materials, including recycled glass tiles and a cork floor, have been used wherever possible.

By the way, there's a contest on the National Mall in Washington, DC involving solar-powered houses.

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