The National Center for Appropriate Technology has been a fixture in Butte since 1976.
NCAT is inviting people in the area to a celebration marking its 40th anniversary on August 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.
NCAT is a nonprofit working on sustainable agriculture, energy, and community issues. It’s headquartered in Butte and has five regional offices around the country.
As part of its anniversary celebration on Aug. 19, NCAT is dedicating a 45kW solar array that the nonprofit, along with its subsidiary organization NHT, installed on the property this year. The array will provide virtually all of the organizations’ electricity needs.
There also will be speeches by the Gov. Steve Bullock and John Walsh, the Montana director of the USDA Rural Development Agency.
The morning will feature workshops, including “Solar Power 101” by Christopher Borton of Sage Mountain Center. Sage Mountain Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase the use of renewable energy in Montana through policy change and public education.
For kids, there will be crafts and face-painting along with a petting zoo and a bicycle-powered light display. There also will be solar cooking demonstrations, a nation-wide sustainable agriculture photography exhibit, and more.
For more information, call 406-494-4572.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. with remarks by Montana Governor Steve Bullock.
Other activities starting at 10:30 a.m. will include a petting zoo, face painting for kids, tours of NCAT’s urban demonstration farm, a photo booth, craft activities for kids, and solar cooker demonstrations.
A workshop will be presented at 10:45 a.m. on solar energy basics by Christopher Borton of Sage Mountain Center.
A workshop at 11:30 a.m. by NCAT staffer Dave Scott with instruction on clipping chickens’ wings.