VAN WERT — There is hope for relief from sky-high energy prices, and local residents will get a chance to see the future during the Van Wert County Fair this year.

The county’s first energy expo, known as NRG XPO, sponsored by Trillium CNG and Iberdrola Renewables, will give vendors of alternative and sustainable energy products exposure to fair-goers this year. Information will also be available on how to apply for grants, manufacturer rebates, and tax rebates. Other innovations in the green energy industry will be featured also.

The NRG XPO is being organized by the Van Wert County Economic Development Office after the County Commissioners were approached earlier this year with the idea and saw a need for leadership and education in this subject area.

“We want to feature all the potential that exists in the alternative energy arena,” said Economic Development Director Sarah K. Smith. “Van Wert County is already recognized for their work with Iberdrola’s Blue Creek Wind Farm and soon, Trillium CNG on the national scale, but there is still so much education and enterprise in this field at a local level. We aim to showcase and present an avenue to provide information to our residents and people who struggle with energy-related expenses and inquiries everyday. If there is a way to help anyone figure out how they can save money and do it in an environmentally-friendly way, we want to do that.”

According to Smith, the NRG XPO will run Saturday through Monday of fair week, Aug. 30-Sept. 1 on the fairgrounds. The event will feature several exhibitors and guest speakers. Already committed to the expo are: Eco Jiva—solar energy; Midwest Electric; Haviland Energy; the Ohio Soybean Council; Energize Engineering; the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Superior Energy Solutions; Van Wert Recycling; local composting educator Dawn Marshall; Weatherization; Iberdrola and Trillium CNG.

Exhibition space is still available by contacting the Van Wert County Economic Development Office at (419) 238-6159.