High School Teams Prepare for Electric Vehicle Endurance Race at Milford Renewable Energy Fair

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MILFORD – The 3rd Annual Milford Renewable Energy Fair will take place on April 28th.  Sponsored by the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center (SUTREC), the fair is expected to attract 800 people from all across Utah, Colorado and Arizona. The highlight of the fair is an electric vehicle endurance race that pits high school teams against each other in a battle of engineering, science and driving skill.

Andy Swapp, a career and technical education instructor at Milford High School, originally organized the fair to help students connect with major 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.

As the home of First Wind’s Milford Wind Project, the Blundell Geothermal plant and the Raser Technologies Geothermal plant, Beaver County and the city of Milford is a logical choice to host the energy fair.

The Milford Fair also includes over 45 vendors displaying the latest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, biomass and alternative fuel technologies. The world’s only hybrid Le Mans race car will be displayed along with several other natural gas and electric powered vehicles. Breakout sessions will feature two 30-minute overviews of wind energy, solar energy and a demonstration on thermal imaging. Universities, government agencies, energy industry leaders, students and scientists will all have displays to educate the public on the latest advances in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The crowd will also enjoy watching several high schools compete in six renewable energy related contests.

The event will begin at 9 am on April 28th at Milford High School in Milford, Utah (62 North 300 West).  Booth displays will be open until 2:30 pm with the electric car race beginning at 11 am. Attendance is free, and the public is encouraged to participate and learn more about the future of renewable energy in Utah.

The Milford Renewable Energy Fair has quickly turned into an iconic rural event for Utah promoting energy, education and the economy.  In April 2009, SUTREC hosted the 1st Annual Renewable Energy Fair at Milford High School which was attended by over 300 people including: The Utah Renewable Energy Zone Task Force; numerous members of the Executive and Legislative branches of the Utah State government including former Governor Jon M. Huntsman; six high schools, one middle school and three universities; and renewable energy industry leaders from dozens of companies. Five electrathon cars and two hybrid fuel cars participated in an hour-long race. Governor Huntsman signed Senate Joint Resolution 10, which provided legislative support to establish a renewable energy center in Beaver County.

The 2nd Annual Renewable Energy Fair at Milford High School was even more successful. A freak April 29th snow storm dumped four inches of snow the morning of the event but over 650 individuals still attended including students from several high schools, faculty and students from five colleges/universities and industry leaders from all over Utah. The fair included 41 booth displays from industry leaders, state agencies, colleges and universities, a hybrid Le Mans race car and the award winning film “Wind Uprising”. Despite the snow, a solar electric car race was also held for four high schools. Dianne Nielson, Energy Advisor to Governor Herbert addressed the crowd regarding ‘energy, education and the economy.’

The fair’s host, the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center (SUTREC), is a partnership consisting of: Beaver County Economic Development, Beaver County School District, Milford High School, Southern Utah University’s Office of Government Relations & Regional Services, the Southern Utah University Business Resource Center, Southwest Applied Technology College, the Department of Workforce Services and the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative.

SUTREC showcases and promotes renewable energy in the resource‐rich area of Southwest Utah. SUTREC Partners cooperate to advance renewable energy education, training, research, technology and production leading to high‐skill, high‐wage employment, career and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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