Solar Technology Demonstrations, Rocking High School Bands (amplified by solar power), Food Trucks, Free Workshops, and More!!!


Saturday, April 30, 2011 -
10:00am to 2:00pm


Durham Tech's Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Road, Hillsborough NC

Durham Tech’s Orange County Campus Hosts Sustainability Technologies Fair

Interested in solar technology? Learn more during Durham Technical Community College’s Sustainability Technologies Fair. The event will be held on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Durham Tech’s Orange County Campus in Hillsborough. Beginning this fall, the Sustainability Technologies program will offer both the Solar Photovoltaic certificate and the Renewable Energy diploma.  Visitors can view solar technology demonstrations and talk to solar technology professionals. Some representatives from locally-owned solar installation companies include Strata Solar, Southern-Energy Management, and Sun Dogs Solutions. Visitors may also participate in 30-minute sustainability and renewable energy workshops led by Durham Tech instructors.  Other highlights:
  • Enjoy live music from local high school bands using an amplification system powered by solar energy;
  • Learn about the new Sustainability Technologies credit programming at the Orange County Campus;
  • Find out how to apply for financial aid and admissions for Summer Term 2011 and Fall Semester 2011 courses; 
  • Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by one of our locally owned and operated food truck vendors
The Solar Photovoltaic certificate is designed for licensed electricians, those pursuing an electrical degree, and those who are working in facilities services under the supervision of an electrician. The certificate instruction includes both energy use analysis and solar photovoltaic system installation. 

The new Renewable Energy diploma includes electrical and math courses for students without previous electrical experience. The diploma program includes work experience with a local company. The renewable energy diploma may be completed in five semesters. This new program will position Durham Tech and Orange County as leaders and models in the state for developing innovative and practical green training programs and initiatives. 


For the most up-to-date event information please go to the event webpage: 

For more information, contact Carlo Robustelli at 919-536-7238, ext. 4202, or


I am really interested in the Solar Powered PA. That is both practical, portable and sustainable. I am really looking forward to seeing it in action. My son's band - Completely Off Balance (Chapel Hill/Carrboro) will be playing along with Above Gravity (Cedar Ridge/Chapel Hill/Orange) (headliners - you may have seen them at Festifall) and the Duplicators (also Cedar Ridge/Orange County) will all be playing. Above Gravity is an all-girl Group that simply rocks - Alt/Indie They have been together since Grade School and they have a lot of energy, put on a great show. Completely Off Balance is 3-piece where two members - Elayna and Nathaniel switch off between drums and guitar/vocals. Alt/Indie/Folk/and a little bit of Jeff Beck style. The Lead Guitarist was brought up on stage to play with The Decemberists in Raleigh 2009.  And the Duplicators fill out the line-up with exceptional guitar rock in the vein of Kings of Leon and really some amazingly talented musicianship.  I am not sure any of these kids even drive yet, but they will be worth seeing.You can check out some of Completely Off Balance's material here. I will find links for the rest. Part of his time playing guitar at the Decemberists Concert is there as well. is going to be a lot of fun and will showcase what we have to offer in Orange County for a Sustainable Environment and Continuing Education. Thank you to Durham Tech for putting this on!!!  

Local Industry and Exhibits confirmed:

  • Strata Solar
  • Southern Energy Management
  • Sundogs
  • Solar Hot USA

Live Bands confirmed:

  • 11:00 a.m.: The Duplicators 
  • 12:00 p.m.: Completely Off Balance
  •   1:00 p.m.: Above Gravity

Educational Workshop Topics (FREE):

  • 11:30 a.m.:  Reducing Energy Use
  • 12:30 p.m.:  Sustainable System Cost
  •   1:30 p.m.:  Solar Site Analysis

Food Trucks Confirmed:

  • Captain Poncho's Tacos
  • Will & Pop's

Tours of the Campus (every half hour) will include the ground mounted solar field, solar lab room, and green features in the building.  For the most up-to-date information check out: report:  70's and sunny :) 



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It'll be a busy week across Orange County this week. The Carrboro Alderfolks will discuss bicycle-friendliness and the Lloyd Farm propery mediation process, while the Chapel Hill Town Council will get an update on UNC-related development. Both school boards will review the student performance data recently released by the state, while the Hillsborough Town Board will get an update on the Colonial Inn. The county commmissioners will meet with the Mebane City Council on public transportation and the Buckhorn EDD, and will get an update on Southern Branch Library in a serperate meeting.

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