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Get Energized at the Potsdam Summerfest Energy Zone!

Katharine Glenn


bicycle-powered smoothie machine
On the Energy Zone menu at Summerfest 2024: Bicycle-powered smoothies!

Charge your cell phone, taste a smoothie made with bicycle power, enjoy solar baked cookies, munch on some ‘renewably’ pan-fried crickets made on a conduction stove, and take a chance to win some E-goods such as yard tools, smart strips, and more. As a part of the Village and Town of Potsdam’s Community Campaign to meet renewable energy and grant goals, the ‘Energy Zone,’ hosted by Northern Power & Light, is a brand new feature on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, at the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce’s Summerfest.

You may never get another experience like this! There will be so much to learn from all of the ‘Energy Zone’ partners, including GRO Energy Solutions, PROVEN Solar, Coakley’s Home & Hardware, ANCA/North Country Clean Energy Hub, Cornell Cooperative Extension Energy Navigators and SNAP-Ed Nutrition, and Northern Power & Light. Activities will include things for kids, like building their own water turbine, and hands-on DIY energy-saving guidance for homeowners.

Potsdam Summerfest Energy Zone Flyer

Plus you’ll have the opportunity to sign-up for local, renewable hydroelectricity to help our community earn guaranteed grants from the State and reach our shared renewable energy goals. Bring your National Grid account number with you and sign up in-person.

Help both the Village and the Town reach the total of 60 new consumers of locally-produced, renewable hydroelectricity and ensure that both receive $15,000 in guaranteed grants from New York State for sustainability projects. “These dollars can serve as a match for additional grants to improve our community. This action also earns points towards both Climate Smart Communities Silver Designation and the Clean Energy Communities Program,” said Rose Rivezzi, co-chair of the Village and Town Joint Climate Smart Communities Task Force.