SADC Alternative Energy Expo this weekend in Houlton

Posted Sept. 11, 2013, at 2:52 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 9 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Location: SADC Alternative Energy Expo Millar Civic Center Houlton, 94 Randall Avenue, Houlton, Maine

For more information: Jon McLaughlin; (207) 521-0157

HOULTON — More than 25 vendors will be showing off the latest in pellet stoves and boilers, heat pumps, solar panels, wood boilers, geothermal systems and more this Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Southern Aroostook Development Corporation (SADC) Alternative Energy Expo at the John A. Millar Civic Center in Houlton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It is our hope to lessen the hold that fossil fuel holds on Aroostook homeowners and businesses,” said Jon McLaughlin, executive director for SADC. “The Expo is a great way to showcase all that is possible in the alternative energy business in one convenient location.”

Representatives of the Aroostook Partnership for Progress (APP) and Northern Maine Development Commission will be staffing a booth where fair goers can analysis the costs and savings of converting to an alternative heating system.

APP President Bob Dorsey will be one of three featured speakers at the event. Dorsey will discuss the Mobilize Northern Maine asset based planning initiative, which identified renewable energy as an industry sector to grow the economy of northern Maine.

“Biomass heating it is really important for Aroostook County,” Dorsey said. “We have the forest products, the pellet production, the installers, delivery and maintenance, so from an economic perspective it is huge.”

Dorsey added, from an APP perspective many different forms of alternative energy make sense for the region.

“From a business retention perspective, anytime we can help a business or resident save money, help the local economy and keep the jobs that are in place now safe, it is all good,” he said.

Dorsey will be featured at 10 a.m. Paul Libby will discuss Efficiency Maine and energy audits at noon and at 2 p.m. Machias Savings Bank and County Federal Credit Union will discuss financing your energy project.

Other vendors scheduled to be present include: Daigle Oil Co., Pelletco, Maine Energy Systems, Northeast Pellets, Mechanical Services, Dead River Co., Energy Kinetics, Aroostook Milling Company, Agri-Cal, Inc., Buildings Etc, J.H. McPartland & Sons, Swallow Electric, Woodard & Curran, Tarm USA, Watson Wells/Geothermal of Maine, Northern Refrigeration, Townline Wood Heat, Harbison Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Houlton Water Co., Webb Spray Insulation, Thermal Energy Storage Systems of Maine and Hole in Your Bucket.

The Alternative Energy Expo is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and admission is free. There will be door prizes of 10 bags of pellets given out on the half-hour from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.