Clean, Renewable Energy & Transport

October 2nd, 2021 -- Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School

We'll be back in person in 2021! Join us for our 7th Annual Solar & EV Expo. Test drive or ride along in your neighbors' electric vehicles! Representatives from local dealerships will also be available to answer your questions. We'll have information sessions on electric vehicles, adding solar to your home, community solar options, and eBikes throughout the day. 

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available planning and on the day of the Expo -- please reach out if you'd like to be part of this fun event! If you have an EV you'd like to bring and show your neighbors, reach out as well!

Only vaccinated people will be allowed inside vehicles. Masks will be required. Please plan to distance from those not in your family. If you are feeling ill or have symptoms of Covid, please remain at home. 

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2020's Expo was virtual with great success! With over 500 views and counting, we're pleased to continue our work helping western Maine (and beyond) transition to clean, renewable energy and transportation. Check out recordings from our webinars below or on Facebook.

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Chevy Bolt ride along

Come ride along with us, and get virtually behind the steering wheel of a Chevy Bolt. 

EV 101 with Travis Ritchie

Travis Ritchie, EV expert and long-time EV driver, guides you through the basics of electric vehicles. Hear up-to-date information about costs and savings, maintenance, advantages and disadvantages, how and why they work, and the environmental impact of making the switch. Hear what it's like to drive an EV in our region. 

E-Bike ride along

Experience riding an electric bicycle, or as close as we can get via video.

Solar 101 with Fred Garbo and Don McLean
Join Fred Garbo of Garbo-Kane Integrated Solar Builders and Don McLean, solar homeowner, for an introduction to home-sized solar. Learn about the costs and return on investment, different set-ups available, and the most current technologies.

EV Charging Etiquette and More E-Bikes!

Learn the do's and dont's of charging your EV in the community, and join us for a virtual e-bike extravaganza. 

Community Solar Update

Meeting Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions goals and powering an increasingly electrified transportation system will require a dramatic increase solar capacity. Mike Dunn of CEBE's Energy Working Group facilitates this discussion about the latest developments in Community Solar and CEBE’s project with the town of Norway in the wake of the recent change in state policy. This is a great opportunity to learn about how Community Solar can benefit homeowners and businesses who may not be well-situated for installing their own panels. Q & A follows the presentation.

Solar Site Tour and Kia Niro ride along

Take a virtual tour of a local solar installation, and ride along with Seal in her Kia Niro.

Solar Site Tour #2 and Smart Fortwo ride along

Check out another local solar installation from the comfort of your couch, and get the virtual driving experience of a Smart Fortwo.

2030: A Vision for Electric Mobility in Western Maine

54% of Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector. Join Scott Vlaun, CEBE's Executive Director, for a participatory look at the current realities of EV and alternative transportation in western Maine and beyond, and what the science requires by the end of the decade to avoid the worst climate change scenarios. Share your perspective as an EV driver or a potential EV driver, cyclist, or public transportation advocate. What are the next steps our community can take to lower our transportation emissions? What other solutions should be part of western Maine in 2030? 

VW E-Golf and Tesla Model 3 ride along

Join us to experience the Volkswagen E-Golf and the Tesla Model 3.


2019's expo brought together nearly 40 electric vehicles, and included solar for the first time. Every year CEBE hosts the Solar&EV Expo as part of National Drive Electric Week. This is a great opportunity to drive electric cars, ride electric bikes, get involved in CEBE's Community Solar project, learn about Maine's new solar policy, meet solar installers and more! Don't miss this one. Electric mobility powered by renewable energy is the future. It's here now in Maine's Western Foothills. Don't miss your chance to learn all about it!