Due to July’s flooding, SolarFest’23 was postponed – until now!
Thanks to the dedication of so many, we were able to reassemble key pieces from the planned summer festival.

On Saturday, October 28th, SolarFest presents a one-day event with fabulous musicians and compelling speakers coming together in the historic beautiful Grace Congregational Church in Rutland, Vermont, with messages of hope and community. The activities focus on different ways we can create meaningful impact in the fight against carbon pollution, while identifying resources for adaptation and building resiliency against the worst impacts of climate chaos in the future.

Schedule of Speakers and Performers 

Workshops begin at 11:00 am with a powerful cross-section of entertaining and inspiring speakers. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams discusses her book, “What I Found in a Thousand Towns: a Travelling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities,” and Vermont State Representative Robin Chesnut-Tangerman and Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) Executive Director Peter Sterling present on what it will take to, “Get Vermont to a 100% Renewable Energy Future.”

Humorist Eve O. Schaub describes what she and her family discovered in the story behind “A Year of No Garbage: Recycling Lies, Plastic Problems and More,” while VEIC Senior Engineering Consultant Li Ling Young explains the carbon implications and future grid effects of cold-climate heat pumps.

And there’s plenty of urgently useful information in the explanation of the Inflation Reduction Act, presentations on solar charging for electric vehicles, microgrids to improve resilience, renovating homes toward net-zero, and the roundtable discussion of career options for women in renewable energy.

Following a video message from Bill McKibben, co-founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org, founder of Third Act and often-featured speaker at SolarFest, the musical performances will begin at 4:30 pm. The lineup includes the Caribbean percussion of Gammy Moses, celebrated singer-songwriters Louise Mosrie Coombe, Pamela Means, and Lara Herscovitch & the Highway Philosophers. Our headliners start at 8 pm: Dar Williams, followed by the joyful jazz of the Ray Vega Band.


On May 30, 2023 we lost our great friend Dave Conna.

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Since 1995, SolarFest connects people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering partnerships and activism to create a vibrant present and a sustainable future.

“If there is any place that can lay claim to having started this revolution 20 years ago, it was Vermont and SolarFest.” — Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org

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