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Secretary Michael S. Regan from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will be the keynote speaker during the opening ceremony of the third annual SolarFEST celebration at the Center for Energy Education on September 19. 

The opening ceremony will lead to the grand reveal of the C4EE Climate Change Exhibit and launch a full day of festivities. 

“We are fortunate to have Secretary Regan join us as we introduce our renewable energy and climate change exhibits to communities in eastern North Carolina, said Mozine Lowe, executive director for the C4EE. “We believe renewable energy technologies are essential in addressing climate change, and we are especially pleased C4EE continues to move forward in these areas.  Our relationship with Secretary Regan’s office will help us and the state become more efficient in implementing these technologies.” 

On October 29, 2018, Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 80 regarding the state’s commitment to addressing climate change and transition to a clean energy economy. Representing the governor’s office at SolarFEST 2019, Secretary Regan oversees the state agency whose mission is to protect North Carolina’s environment and natural resources, according to the DEQ website. 


Secretary Regan, a Goldsboro native, is scheduled to give the keynote address at 11 a.m. 

The Center is located at 460 Airport Road in Roanoke Rapids and is adjacent to a 20 MW solar farm. 

It serves as a center for renewable energy research, education, and workforce development for the eastern United States. 

The C4EE provides a place to raise awareness of renewable energy and its importance locally, regionally, and globally.  

All SolarFEST festivities begin at noon with energy efficiency displays, outdoor games, free food, and music. Vendor tables and other exhibits will open at 1 p.m.

Various SolarFEST educational presentations are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. 

Topics will include a solar car presentation by Bath County High School students from Kentucky, a presentation on weather patterns and climate change, and a solar tracking system question and answer session.

Among vendors and special guests scheduled to attend is the Warren County STEM program with their award-winning gravity car named The Spain I. 

Other exhibits include Tesla cars, an active solar tracking system, and a solar-powered heater. Invited guests include Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, Roanoke Electric, and Halifax Electric. Solar company representatives from Geenex Solar, BayWa.re, and Wood will be available to meet with community members. 

Festivities end at 7 p.m. 

Along with the Climate Change Exhibit opening, the C4EE will also open its new Solar Pavilion and a ten-station fitness walking trail.

The event is free and open to the public. 

“We are especially thankful that Geenex Solar continues to support C4EE and our communities by providing educational and training opportunities to everyone of all ages,” said Lowe.

For more information about SolarFEST or to be a vendor, visit the C4EE website at www.center4ee.org or call the office at 252-541-3004.