The Camden Public Library will host a series of speakers during “Green October” on wind energy, tidal energy, and the history of energy sources in Maine. There will also be a solar “power cube” for off-grid power on display, provided by the Lyman-Morse shipyard.

The first event of the series will be a presentation by the Camden Hills Regional High School student group, the Windplanners, on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

The Windplanners have been planning for six years to build a demonstration wind turbine at the high school. The group has had to raise an estimated $510,000, and hopes to break ground this winter. The funds will enable the Windplanners to install a fully functional wind turbine on the Camden Hills campus. The 100-kilowatt turbine will generate enough power to decrease energy costs at the school by a projected $11,000 to $17,000 a year, while serving as a hands-on laboratory for math and science students. Margo Murphy, faculty advisor for the Windplanners said, “The group will give an overview of their work to date and will talk about community scale wind. There will also be a chance for questions and answers.”

The next presentation in the series will be by Robert West, managing director of the Ocean Energy Institute, on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. The Ocean Energy Institute, founded in 2007, is a not-for-profit think-tank that covers a broad range of ocean energy technologies and pursues research in generation, usage, storage, transmission, policy, environmental studies, economics, and public education. The Institute will continue with its mission in spite of the recent death of the founder, Matthew Simmons, according to West.

Other speakers in the series will present various aspects of wind power. On Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. the Friends of Ragged Mountain will host a talk by Jonathan Carter, Director of the Forest Ecology Network, on “The False Promises of Mountaintop Industrial Wind.” Carter is a well-known environmental advocate and former Green candidate for governor. He says, “I have been advocating for wind power for decades. I never thought I would see the day when I would be opposing wind power development. However, the current frantic rush to install industrial wind on every viable mountaintop is both shortsighted and ecologically damaging.” The Friends of Ragged are particularly concerned about the concept of constructing wind turbines on Ragged Mountain in Camden.

Historian Lee Webb will give a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. on “Wood, Water and Coal: How new energy technologies transformed nineteenth century Maine.” Maine was well situated to take economic advantage of its natural resources with transportation, shipbuilding, and waterpower in the nineteenth century. Each advance in technology created opportunities and economic and social changes.

Suzanne Pude, Community Wind Director of the Island Institute, will give a talk on the experience of North Haven and Vinalhaven with the Fox Islands Wind Project, on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Completed in the fall of 2009, Fox Island Wind is the largest community wind-power facility on the East Coast of the United States. Pude’s talk will be supplemented by an update from Rick Knowlton, a member of Camden’s Energy Committee, on where Camden is with plans for a wind power development.

The final presentation in the series, on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. will be on a newly constructed tidal power demonstration unit in Cobscook Bay. Glen Marquis, project development manager, will deliver a multimedia presentation including background information on Ocean Renewable Power Company, its tidal technology, and project activities in Eastport, including the company’s current demonstration program and planned commercialization efforts.

The marine industry in general is a leader in methods to manage and integrate sources of power away from the grid, and as part of Green October, Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding of Thomaston is providing one of their “ZeroBase” power cubes for display.

“Lyman-Morse is not new to the world of renewable energy,” according to Lyman-Morse officials. “We have been building the ZeroBase units in Thomaston for several years, and have worked with various organizations to develop wind power opportunities for the state of Maine.”

The ZeroBase is a large, self-contained, solar-powered “plug and play” unit providing power in remote or marine settings. The Lyman Morse Boatbuilding Co. is working towards becoming a “green company,” and is an example of local builders finding an opportunity in buyers’ interest in going green. Lyman Morse has been installing wind power, solar power, and generators for many years in different combinations on the yachts they build and at the yard.

For further information on the “Green October” series please contact the Camden Public Library at 236-3440.