Milford Renewable Energy Fair set for April 26

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The fourth annual Milford Renewable Energy Fair will be presented April 26 with an array of technology on display.

Sponsored by the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center (SUTREC), the fair is expected to attract nearly 1,000 people from Utah and Nevada.

A highlight of the fair is an electric vehicle endurance race that will pit teams of high school students against one another in a battle of engineering, science and driving skills. In addition, more than 40 vendors will display the latest in renewable-energy, energy-efficiency, biomass and alternative-fuel technologies, including several natural gas- and electric-powered vehicles.

As the home of First Wind's Milford Wind Project, the Blundell Geothermal plant, the Cyrq Energy Geothermal plant and one of Utah's first hydroelectric power plants, Beaver County and the City of Milford are logical choices to host the energy fair, said Andy Swapp, technical education instructor at Milford High School.

Swapp originally organized the fair to help his students connect with key players in the growing field of renewable energy. "It's meant to be a lot of fun, but it's also a look at the future of energy," he said.

SUTREC will unveil its Renewable Energy Education Trailer, which is designed to take learning on the road.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. April 26 at Milford High School, 62 N. 300 West. Booth displays will be open until 2:30 p.m. The electric car race begins at 11 a.m. There is no charge for admission.