Oregon State’s Solar Trailer, which is outfitted with an 1800-watt solar array and 25 kilowatt-hours of battery storage, spends its days traveling around OSU and the community powering local events. This past weekend (July 14th and 15th), the Solar Trailer got to hang out at one of its favorite events, the Oregon Country Fair. It spent the entire weekend sunbathing and people watching in a field at Xavanadu Camp, but despite its lackadaisical appearance, the Solar Trailer was actually hard at work charging people’s phones and providing 100% of the power for a large subsection of the camp. The Solar Trailer was thrilled to provide free phone charging services to fair attendees and to provide energy for lights, sound, and more. It just so happens that these are its two absolute favorite pastimes!
Brandon Trelstad, the Oregon State Sustainability Officer and head of the OSU Sustainability Office, chaperoned the solar trailer to the fair and got it situated on July 12th. When Saturday came around, OSU Sustainability Office employees Lety Cavazos, Ragen Venti, and Silas Fisher kept the solar trailer company and managed free phone charging services for fair attendees; on Sunday, Sustainability Office employees Brogan Miner and Elijah Cokeley took over.
If you are managing an upcoming event that requires electricity, the Solar Trailer would love to power it. Visit its Facebook page to book it!