Missouri Renewable Energy Members Encourage People to 'Go Green'

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COLUMBIA - Members of Missouri Renewable Energy are demonstrating renewable energy practices Saturday afternoon in honor of St. Patrick's Day weekend. 

The free demonstrations will run until 3 p.m. Saturday at the New Life Evangelistic Center Free Store in Columbia.

Larry Rice began the Missouri Renewable Energy program 42 years ago and since then has been training men in solar power, wind power, bio diesel, solar cooking and other types of initiatives to 'go green' in many cities in Missouri.

The program is in different locations throughout the state, but the part of the program in New Bloomfield focuses on training former homeless men in sustainable energy uses. The men are given a place to stay while also receiving an education.

Missouri Renewable Energy is a division of the New Life Evangelistic Center and is based in St. Louis. The non-profit organization is designed to train and educate people to use renewable energy and develop sustainable practices.

"Columbia is quite progressive in that area, but often is not taken into the neighborhoods like we feel like it should be. A lot of low income people do not see how they can make this great connection," Rice said. 

For the first time, members of the program from New Bloomfield came to Columbia to give demonstrations at the New Life Evangelistic Center Free Store.

"A number of months ago we felt that the public not only needed to become more aware of the free store we have here, but also the world of renewable energy," Rice said. "St. Patrick was concerned about creation and that's where the green comes in, and we want people to get back in touch with the real St. Patrick and the real St. Patrick's message."

Columbia residents are encouraged to come learn how to become more energy independent by using clean energy practices.

Missouri Renewable Energy will host another free energy fair Memorial Day Weekend in New Bloomfield. For more information on the program and the upcoming fair, call 1-800-228-5284.