LANSING — The Michigan Energy Fair June 7-8 is looking forward to developing a conversation on how things cities are leading the way in renewable energy.

There will be special sessions at this year’s Michigan Energy Fair on new developments in community solar, and a mayors’ panel that will feature presentations from Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra and the director of energy and sustainability for Grand Rapids, Haris Alibasic. Each will speak on the role of local government in encouraging energy efficiency and renewable energy in their communities. There will be opportunities for questions and answers at the end of each of the panel discussions.

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There will be a community solar session on both Friday and Saturday, and the Mayors Panel takes place Saturday, June 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday is $25 to attend and Saturday is free and open to the public.

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Saturday is free to the public and features workshops for those wanting to learn more about alternative energy, featuring topics like “Ask the Solar-Wind Installer,” and “Peak Energy.”  Saturday’s event is free to attend. In addition to workshops there will be exhibitors with a wide variety of alternative energy, and energy efficiency exhibits and information to learn from.

If you are interested in attending The Michigan Energy Fair or for more information, contact Samantha Keeney at or (517) 646-6269. Details about the event are available at

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