Thank you to all of the fabulous musicians, compelling speakers, incredible volunteers, and passionate attendees for coming together in the historic, beautiful Grace Congregational Church in Rutland, Vermont in hope and community. Just a few of the highlights:

  • Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, spoke about where we are and where we’re going regarding Vermont’s commitment to renewable energy and a healthy future
  • Singer-songwriter Dar Williams both performed and discussed her book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns: a Travelling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities
  • State Rep Robin Chesnut-Tangerman and Paul Lesure outlined how we’ll “Get Vermont to a 100% Renewable Energy Future”
  • The powerful roundtable discussion of career options for women in renewable energy included Joanne Coons, Jacquie Scherer, Tegan Murray, Li Ling Young, and Isabella DeGrasse from a cross section of industry disciplines
  • Author & humorist Eve O. Schaub explained A Year of No Garbage: Recycling Lies, Plastic Problems and More and Bernie’s Mitten Maker Jen Ellis introduced Dar Williams

Bill McKibben, co-founder and Senior Advisor at, founder of Third Act, and often-featured speaker at SolarFest, provided the inspiration:

Full Schedule of Speakers and Performers

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

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