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Following the Sun with Hilton Dier

Following the Sun

A Solar Energy Presentation at the Vermont Folklife Center

Join renewable energy consultant Hilton Dier on Wednesday, August 3, at 6:00 PM at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury for an introduction to the principles and techniques of using the sun as an energy source. 

There are times that we want to let the sun into our homes and times we want to keep it out. There are ways to design and modify our homes and the landscapes around them to make them more energy efficient and comfortable. Hilton will discuss seasonal changes in the sun’s path and why a homeowner should care about this. He will offer techniques on using the sun for heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting.

Hilton Dier has worked in the fields of architecture, commercial hydroelectric power, electric vehicles, and both residential and commercial solar power. He now works as a renewable energy consultant and as a partner in Missisquoi River Hydro, LLC. 

As a consultant, Hilton has worked for private individuals and local architects, as well as larger institutions.  He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Vermont, Cornell, and Dartmouth and regularly teaches renewable energy workshops at the Yestermorrow design/build school in Warren, Vermont.

This is the third of five programs organized in conjunction with the Vermont Folklife Center exhibit, “Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land Use Planning,” on display through August 6. 

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The gallery will have extended hours from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on August 3 in advance of this program. For more information about the exhibit and program series visit our Web site at or call (802) 388-4964.

The Vision & Voice Gallery program is generously underwritten by our season sponsor, Main Street Landing, with additional support from our membership at large. The gallery is ADA accessible on the first floor of the Vermont Folklife Center headquarters at 88 Main Street in Middlebury. 
The Vermont Folklife Center's mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.