Energy for Sustainable Communities
June 27, 28, 29, 2014
Union County Fairgrounds, La Grande, OR

SolWest-Logo-colorAfter 15 years of success, SolWest Fair for renewable energy will shift sponsorship from EORenew to Oregon Rural Action. Most of the rich and valuable traditions will be retained and the scope will be broadened. SolWest Fair will highlight the “energy for sustainable communities” with three days of workshops, demonstrations, and vendors that focus on renewable energy and sustainability. We plan to offer classes for continuing education credits for contractors, an electric vehicle show, and farm tours. Networking and community will be important whether you’re camping or sharing locally grown food. We plan to create a guide to sustainability so that participants will walk away with a seven-year plan shaped by vendors and presenters. Come join the SolWest community and learn about energy efficiency, solar and wind energy, alternatively fueled vehicles, sustainable food and living, healthcare, homegrown prosperity, and more.

We are still shaping what SolWest will become, and encourage you to tell us what is important to you. The energy for building sustainable communities will come from far and wide to La Grande. Our rural style creates a unique synergy between self-sufficiency and community, conservation and homegrown prosperity. If you would like to get updates about SolWest and other news/alerts, scroll to the bottom of our website,, and fill out the form. Please contact Energy Organizer Jan Alberts, 541-975-2411 with suggestions and/or questions.  To volunteer at SolWest, please see this form for more information.

See the pre-registration form.

Oregon Rural Action is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership-based community organization working to promote social justice, agricultural and economic sustainability, and stewardship of the region’s land, air and water. We’re bringing people together to build strong communities by providing information and tools for local people to use in addressing the issues affecting our communities.

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Program Guide

Dozens of one-hour workshops help participants understand the basics of solar electricity, low-cost do-it-yourself solar projects, setting up wind, microhydro, or solar hot water systems, creating an off-grid paradise, constructing green buildings, raising small livestock, gardening, preserving food, among other topics.  More…


SolWest 2014 will be taking over the Union Country Fairgrounds in La Grande, OR.  The Grande Ronde Valley is rich in history and breathtaking scenery, while providing visitors and residents with a vibrant diversity of people, culture and activities.  More…


MLK Jr. Day Social Justice March 2011Exhibitors

Exhibitor information, registration forms, facility maps and more…




Downtown La GrandeSponsors

See the list of businesses and organizations that are supporting SolWest.




SolWest Fair 2014 Poster for Download.