The June 10th Meetup will be a presentation + panel discussion on alternative energy sources. Networking starts at 7pm. At 7:30pm, there will be brief presentations by three industry experts covering solar, wind, and biodiesel technologies, followed by a panel discussion. Each speaker will explain how their technology is segmented, for example residential versus commercial uses, and will then provide an overview of their solution. Local green tech entrepeneur Michael “Merc” Martinelli will then lead a panel discussion covering topics such as the local potential for the technology and what conventional energy sources it replaces. As always there will be opportunities for audience participation and Q&A.

Our speakers are:

Jeff Gigoux, Vice President of Product Management & Business Development, Mariah Power. Founded in 2005 in Reno, Nevada, Mariah Power was established to develop innovative and proprietary new technology that introduces a new standard for style and function to the small wind industry. The company’s first wind power appliance, Windspire® wind turbine, was launched on June 2, 2008. Mariah Power continues to be recognized as a “innovative” company with awards from Popular Science, Going Green 100 and TieCon 50. The Windspire was also recently featured on the season finale of, “Extreme Home Makeover.”

Ray Kemp, President & CEO, KF3 BioDiesel Production.  KF3 invented and provisions the patent-pending Bee Hive modular system for producing biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil. KF3 “Hive Systems” are used by individuals, groups of individuals and businesses. The Hive System is a modular four cell fuel processing system. The Micro Hive produces 45 gallons of fuel per process cycle and is appropriate for home use. The Macro Hive produces 250 gallons of fuel per process cycle and its modular nature allows it to scale to any desired commercial or industrial volume. Fueling cells are typically configured as a single cell that functions as a stand alone fuel station for home or private business use. KF3 currently has active Macro Hives, Micro Hives, and Fueling Cells located from Morro Bay to San Francisco, including several in Santa Cruz.

Ed Bless, President, Blueline Power.  Blueline Power designs, installs and promotes Commercial-scale Clean Energy Systems, including solar electric, wind, biofuel, biomass and sustainability Projects. Blueline Power matches clean, abundant, locally-available resources with the latest technologies. Blueline’s core services include wind analysis and installation, and commercial solar electric and large residential solar electric design and installation. Blueline also offers a unique energy mapping service that includes a site assessment and expert analysis of energy usage (loads) and naturally-occurring clean energy resources (such as sunlight, wind, biomass, water).

About the Panel Leader

Michael “Merc” Martintelli. co-founder of Verdafero. Verdafero is a software as a service (SaaS) start-up in the sustainable business and energy efficiency space. Verdafero provides on demand software tools that enable organizations to effectively manage their “Triple Bottom Line” – People / Planet / Profit. Merc is co-sponsoring a conference on “green software” to be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on August 19th (registration details will be posted to the Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp message board).


Please note that this event is June 10. We are expecting another record attendance. You must register as a member, and RSVP “Yes”. If you do not RSVP for this event, you will not be able to get in due to capacity limitations by the Dream Inn. Admission is $5, payable at the door. See you soon!