Bridigt's Garden May Day Eco Fayre May 4, 2015 8:00:55 GMT -5
Post by caveman on May 4, 2015 8:00:55 GMT -5
The Solarco-op had a big day out yesterday. We have been working with Bridigt's Garden for sometime on their Nature's Power Project (http://www.brigitsgarden.ie/misc/Nature-s-Power) which was launched yesterday. I set up our stand along with many other groups. I had our solar thermal demo setup there and some photovoltaic. I was posted beside the garden's 3.5kw grid tied PV installation. Our 'Hand Cranked Generator' energy demo gear was in a different location and staffed by Will Softly and Leanne Szklarzewicz. Duncan Stewart, RTE's eco guru called by to say hello, which was nice. We had our first visitor at noon which was half an hour before the event was due to start and I was flat out until 5pm. The level of interest in solar thermal and PV was impressive. People had good questions and were keen on hearing plenty of detail. I was delighted to note that there were fewer questions about 'payback' and economics and more about the ethics of unnecessary consumption. Our last visitor of the day was Kieran Cunnane from Transition Galway. He was one of the many brave people who came to look at the technology and admitted that he knew little or nothing about solar water heating so I took him through the principals and he left convinced of it's simplicity and value in the battle to reduce the burning of fossil carbon (or fossil fuel as most still insist on calling the stuff). We took bookings for workshops for Transition Clare and two more locally. We hope to talk to Cultivate about workshops also. The weather held out all day in defiance of the forecast and I would say everyone was as tired as I was heading home after a mighty day. We owe thanks to all at the gardens but particularly to Leanne Szklarzewicz.