Sun April 14, 2019 | 12PM – 5PM
// FREE //
In collaboration with SunCommon and CYCLEffect
Regenerating Planet, People and Economy
By pairing a marketplace of new energy leaders and environmental advocates with an afternoon of presentations and discussions by community leaders and alternative energy experts, this new free, annual program will invite attendees to come together to seek solutions for the greatest communal challenge now facing us, the climate and energy crisis.
With a particular focus on exploring both community solar and bioenergy – the generation of energy from food waste and similar organic materials – as vital examples of the move away from the archaic, destructive energy models which have left us in climate chaos, the Green Energy Fair will give attendees the tools to protect our future and to together serve, inspire and care for the region we live in.
Moving toward our ten year anniversary in 2020, our commitment is to enter a more sustainable means of running our building, a reclaimed, solar-powered factory on the waterfront of the historic Hudson River. Basilica firmly believes that the only way to move forward is by harnessing the power of new technology and new energy. Basilica will move the Climate and Energy crisis to the top of our mission and agenda by offering access to information and solutions while transforming our building into a model of what is possible..
Basilica hopes that, through working with inspiring partners in sustainable energy, we will be able to improve its environmental infrastructure both in in its own building and in the wider world.
Presenting partner SunCommon has served the Hudson Valley for the past 16 years, previously as Hudson Solar. SunCommon is a passionate mission driven B-Corp with a triple bottom line commitment to people, planet and profit. They are also proud to have been awarded the designation of NYSERDA’s 2019 QualitySolar Installer. Out of the 279 registered and authorized installers in New York State, SunCommon is only 1 of 29 or 10% who were awarded this prestigious designation. In addition to residential and commercial ground and roof mount, SunCommon offers community solar as an option for those previously unable to acquire solar. They are a certified Tesla Powerwall installer for home energy storage. They will present their vision of community solar, explaining the pioneering measures they have taken to ensure that solar power can now be a viable option within reach of all homeowners in our region.
Venture Capital Cooperative Firm and presenting partner CYCLEffect will also present its inspiring vision of ethical and environmentally focused investing, with a particular focus on its work into biogas, a model which captures, reuses and recycles food waste to create sustainable energy, ‘closing the loop’ between waste and energy and restoring the planet’s biological and social systems to a healthy balance. CYCLEffect will present its newly installed biodigester by Impact BioEnergy on public display for the first time onsite at Basilica. Impact BioEnergy is a leader in the biogas industry specifically around transportable, modular and distributed digester technologies, and is soon to install its first east coast installation at Basilica to expand its inspiring vision of biogas, a renewable and clean alternative to natural gas.
Basilica will also continue its long-standing and popular partnership with acclaimed filmmaker Jon Bowermaster with a screening of the latest film in Jon’s Hudson River Stories series of stunning short films. The series, produced by Jon’s Ocean’s 8 Films, explores and examines the environmental issues facing the region’s waterways, and presents studies into those working to protect this vital asset to our state, our country and our planet.