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NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

In This Issue:

Stories & News:
-Upper Valley Convenes Mascoma Valley Energy Expo
-Tupelo Music Hal Goes 100% Renewable
-Bradford Soccer Field Named After Granite State Solar
-Local Energy Committees Popping Up in Monadnock
-Solar Company Launches School to Train Clean Energy Workforce
Local Energy Solutions Conference
-Register Now! View Agenda!
Events:
-Button Ups in Warren, Rindge-Fitzwilliam, & Laconia
-NH SolarShares Ribbon Cutting, Plymouth
-Resilient Nashua Summit
Policy Updates
-NHPUC Releases 2018 Report Reviewing RPS
Resources of the Month

Solar RFP Template
-NHSEA Releases Template Request for Proposal (RFP) for Schools and Municipalities Exploring Solar Procurement. Download the template here and Excel Attachment here.

Model Solar Zoning Ordinance
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Download NHSEA's Model Solar Zoning Ordinance here.
See our Full Calendar of Events here.
Visit www.nhenergy.org for further resources.
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NH Sustainable Energy Association
Stories & News
Upper Valley Convenes Mascoma Valley Energy & Sustainability Expo
The Enfield Energy committee worked with many other energy committees in the Upper Valley as well as local vendors to provide the Mascoma Valley Energy and Sustainability Expo, which included 12 classes on weatherization, solar, LED lighting, living off the grid, and many other topics. 125 people attended the classes of their choice at beginner, mid-level or advanced technical level, and were treated to a free lunch while listening to the keynote speaker, Henry Herndon from NHSEA.
Tupelo Music Hall Goes 100% Renewable Energy
Derry, NH – A popular venue in New Hampshire is becoming the first in New England to be 100 percent powered by the sun. The hall is an intimate venue that draws bigger artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Lyle Lovett and Toto. Owners said its "cool" factor is now bumped up even more with the installation of an array of 313 different 60-cell solar panels. Read more here.
Bradford Soccer Field Named After Granite State Solar
Bow, NH - On Saturday, October 20, the Board of Directors of the Bradford Newbury Sutton Youth Sports (BNSYS) dedicated a soccer field in honor of Granite State Solar (GSS). The soccer field, located at Warren Brook Park, is now know as the Granite State Solar Field and was dedicates to GSS after the donation and installation of a 4.2 kW DC roof-mounted solar array. Read more here.
Local Energy Committees are Popping Up in the Monadnock Region
It is an exciting time for the Monadnock Energy Hub (MEH) as new Local Energy Committees (LECs) and energy advocates are popping up. Local individuals are stepping forward and taking on the challenge to bring more renewables to the area, create an energy voice for their town, and move the Monadnock Region further toward energy independence! MEH welcomes new/reforming LECs in Marlborough, Westmoreland, energy advocates gathering in Jaffrey and Fitzwilliam and shhh… another LEC is on the way (but it’s gotta be a secret for now)!

We were lucky to have several LECs & energy advocates, young and old, represented at the October 2018 Quarter Hub Meeting. It wasn’t nice weather so the Hub was overjoyed to see members of Jaffrey, Rindge, and Fitzwilliam braving the elements and travel to Keene! The meeting focused on getting to know each other AND listening to Scott Maslansky of CDFA present on funding opportunities for LEC projects.
 
Bringing in speakers is just one way the Hub supports the local Monadnock LECs but there are many more – like partial scholarships for the upcoming LES conference! We have a couple left, if you live in the Monadnock Region and would like to go on Nov. 16th – contact Mary Ewell (<mary.c.ewell22@gmail.com>) for more information!
Employee-Owned Solar Company Launches New School to Train Clean Energy Workforce and Attract Young People to New Hampshire
Brentwood, NH - On Wednesday, November 14th, ReVision Energy will officially launch a new electrical apprenticeship school at its New Hampshire headquarters on 7 Commercial Drive in Brentwood. The launch will include a public open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the National Apprenticeship Week and will feature New Hampshire workforce development leaders, Department of Labor officials, and local solar apprentices. Read more here.
Local Energy Solutions Conference!
Local Energy Solutions Conference Registration Open
Don't miss out on this year's LES Conference, Friday, November 16th at the Grappone Center in Concord. Click here to register!
Events
See full events calendar here.
Policy Updates
NH Public Utilities Commission Releases 2018 Report Reviewing Renewable Portfolio Standard
See full report here.
Keep up to date on Current Energy Legislation here.
Resources
Municipal and School Solar Request for Proposal Template
NHSEA has designed template for cities, towns, schools, and other political sub-divisions to use as a starting point when planning to solicit bids for the implementation of solar energy systems. The goal is to facilitate the streamlining of all phases of the RFP process, including RFP design and dissemination, bidder response, and solicitor review. Click to download the template and its Excel attachment.
Model Solar Zoning Ordinance
NHSEA recently released a Model Solar Zoning Ordinance to help guide municipalities as they plan for the smart integration of local renewable generation into their communities. Click to download the Model Solar Zoning Ordinance.

About the LES Work Group

Our mission is to provide collaborative guidance and technical support to Local Energy Committees & Commissions, municipalities, schools, and other political subdivisions seeking to reduce energy use, minimize energy costs, and/or reduce fossil-fuel consumption.  Consider joining our efforts: contact Henry Herndon for more information on the LES efforts and opportunities for participation.

About Our E-Newsletter: The monthly Local Energy Solutions E-newsletter is compiled and distributed by the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association on behalf of the LES Work Group. Learn more about NHSEA.
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