The Atlantic City Green Team will host the “Energy Fair for Absecon Island” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 at the Worthington–Atlantic City Campus of Atlantic Cape Community College, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. The fair is open to the public.
“There are many ways that we can become more energy efficient in our daily lives, and this energy fair is designed to educate all of us on these options,” Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said.
The event includes more than 20 vendors who specialize in solar, wind, energy efficiency and alternative fuel vehicles. LED light bulbs and light fixtures will be on sale at reduced prices. Representatives from various programs that provide grants and loans for energy upgrades to homes and businesses will be there too.
Green Life Energy Solutions of Egg Harbor Township will be on hand to discuss the free, energy saving New Jersey Comfort Partners Program, an educational program for qualified low-income customers with income at or below 225 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For more information on the Comfort Partners Program, go to www.njcleanenergy.com/residential/programs/comfort-partners .
DCO Energy representatives will be on hand to explain plans to retrofit all the city buildings with LED lighting, install electric vehicle charging stations, provide battery back-up for the solar arrays at the Public Works building so they can provide electric during power outages as well many other improvements.
The green team, which includes City Council President Frank Gilliam, Planning Director Elizabeth Terenik, residents, business owners, schools, colleges and local utility providers. Its goal is to promote environmental health and sustainable practices for homes, government and business.
This year, the team’s efforts are focused on energy conservation. The city, in partnership with Ventnor and Margate, is one of only 50 communities in the country that are competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a $5 million competition to reduce energy use by residents and the municipality.