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ENERGY NEWS 8-20-08 "Everything Green Expo" Debuts at S'port Convention Center: Aug. 22-24
Wednesday, Aug 20, 2008 8:10am

SHREVEPORT, LA (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS 10am 8-20-08  Energy conservation is the #1 topic on everybody's mind: that's why the first-ever Green Expo is being held this weekend at the Shreveport Convention Center, August 22-24.


Four local solar companies and one geothermal company based in south Louisiana will display and speak at the Everything Green Expo. A footnote about solar and geothermal energy: these products qualify for greater than 50% net discounts from the purchase price in direct cash payments and tax credits.


Louisiana leads the way in tax incentives for energy saving additions for residents. Homeowners who add most solar, geothermal or wind energy collection devices to their property qualify for up to $12,500 in payments back from the State of Louisiana when they file their 2008 income tax returns. Additionally, homeowners qualify for another $2,000 credit on the 2008 tax return for purchases made prior to December 31, 2008.


Local companies displaying and providing information on solar products are: Wilhite Solar Solutions, One Planet Solar, Freedom Power and Smart Solar Solutions of Oil City.
Additional vendors include gasoline additive supplements to increase mileage, environmentally sensitive paint for collision repair as well as residential or commercial application, and numerous other sustainable construction suppliers.


Some suppliers include structural insulated panels, building coatings that save on heating and cooling as well as weatherization for residential and commercial. Many of these programs also qualify for tax savings and rebates.
The Everything Green Expo is also sponsoring speakers from the Louisiana chapter of the US Green Building Council. Classes for continuing education credits will be offered on Friday, August 22, beginning at 9:00 AM in the Green Theater of the Shreveport Convention Center.


Additional speakers will be available to the general public throughout the Expo. Vendors will be open from 10AM through 8PM Friday and Saturday and 10AM 5PM on Sunday. Additional information on the Everything Green Expo may be found at www.EverythingGreenExpo.com

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