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FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

In This Issue:

Stories & News:
-Weatherize Kicks off in 8 Communities
-Berlin & Nashua Release Solar RFPs
-Bedford Schools to Invest Millions in EE
-Dunbarton Develops Solar at Transfer Station
-Keene Installs Solar, one of Largest in State
-Lebanon Interviews Solar Developers for 13 sites
-Concord Drafts 100% Renewable Plan
-NH Energy Education Project Expands
-Hoyt Community Care goes Solar
-Passive House in Gilford
Policy & Resources:
-Municipal EV Procurement Opportunity
-Transportation Electrification Resources
-PUC Releases Low-Income Solar RFP
-New Energy Market/Policy Blog
Webinars:
-LES, Low-Income Solar in NH
-ASHRAE, Energy Democracy
-CESA, State of U.S. Storage 2018
See our Full Calendar of Events here.
Visit www.nhenergy.org for further resources.
Events:
-Hillsborough Area Solar Info Session Series
-Dover, Solar Ribbon Cutting
-Andover, Button Up
-EE Training Series for Commercial Building Managers
-Efficiency at Wastewater Facilities Series
Jobs:
-North Country Energy Circuit Rider
LES is coordinated by
Clean Energy NH wishs a warm welcome to its first six municipal members!
Thank you to Boscawen, Hanover, Nashua, Keene, Claremont, and Bedford for your support and for your leadership on clean energy! If your municipality or energy committee would like to join the Clean Energy NH community, you can do so here. Read about Municipal Membership here.
Stories & News
Weatherize Kicks off for Eight Communities
Communities hosted two incredible Weatherize kick-off events last month with more than 150 attendees! Don't worry if you didn't make it to your town's kick-off event—residents of Andover, Canaan, Enfield, Newbury, New London, Sutton, Warner, and Wilmot can request their $100 home energy audit any time before March 15. Sign up for yours today!
Berlin and Nashua Releasing Request for Proposals for Municipal Solar Projects
View City of Nashua Request for Proposal here. Berlin RFP to be released shortly, as reported by the Berlin Sun.
Union Leader - Bedford Schools Plan Multi-million Dollar Efficiency Investments
Read full story here.
Dunbarton to Develop Solar Project at Transfer Station
Read about the project here.
Solar panels installed on the roof of the Police/Keene Ice/Public Works building
Lebanon Interviews Solar Companies to Develop 13-site Municipal Solar Project
The city of Lebanon is interviewing solar companies this week for a 13-site municipal solar project. Total output could be 1.3-1.5 MW and will be mostly used behind the meter. Companies have been asked to consider how battery storage might play a role in the project as well as the city’s municipal aggregation project under development - Lebanon Community Power.

Tad Montgomery, Energy and Facilities Manager, City of Lebanon, NH  03766 Tad.Montgomery@LebanonNH.gov | Office: 603-442-6140 | lebanonnh.gov/energy
Concord Monitor - First Draft of Concord's renewable energy plan focuses big on efficiency, electricity
In the not-too-distant future, all of Concord’s municipal energy may be generated by local energy sources, your neighbor’s house could be built with rooftop solar in mind, and your public transportation could all be electric. At least, that’s the world the Concord Energy and Environment Committee envisions in its first draft of a strategic plan to have Concord get all of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. Read article here. Read draft plan here.
New Hampshire Energy Education Project Growing to Support More NH Schools
The New Hampshire Energy Education Project (NHEEP) continues to support K-12 teachers with high-quality hands-on energy and climate education with engaging student workshops and innovative professional development. So far this year NHEEP has worked directly with dozens of teachers and hundreds of students, encouraging choices that result in sustainability for our communities, economy and environment. To help support this growth, NHEEP has recently signed on a new energy educator, Angie Krysiak, who will be serving schools in the central and southern regions of the state. For more information about our program offerings or to sign up for workshops, professional development or science equipment kits, please visit our website here or contact Brian Betournay at brian@veep.org.
Hoyt Community Care Building Goes Solar Through Grant Funding
Newport, NH - The Hoyt Community Center and Newport Food Pantry just went solar, installing a 12 kW system through local vendor Sol-Air. The food pantry won a total of $40,000 in grants through the New Hampshire Charitable Fund to outfit the building with solar electricity: $30,000 from the Thomas W. Haas Fund, and $10,000 from the Newport Charitable Fund. Pantry Director, Jim Demers, recently told the Eagle Times that going solar was going to offset their electricity usage by 60%. Demers says they plan on using their electric savings to stock the fridges. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Hoyt Community Center at a later date. Based out of Newport, NH, Sol-Air specializes in renewable energy initiatives, from solar panels to heat pumps, and backup batteries.
NHPR - Gilford Senior Apartments Topped with Solar, Certified 'Passive House'
Read more here.
Policy & Resources
Municipal Electric Vehicle Procurement Opportunity
Did you know that municipalities can purchase electric vehicles (EVs) and other advanced technology and higher fuel economy vehicles off the state contract? EVs make sense for light-duty fleet diversification and may cost less in total cost of ownership than conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles. Plus there are the added benefits of using less energy and contributing less pollution. View the 2019 Vehicle Index list, which includes total cost of ownership analysis, located at this link on the NH Administrative Services website: https://das.nh.gov/purchasing/Contracts_posteddte.asp?sort=cna
Transportation Electrification Resources
Read comprehensive notes on electric vehicle funding and other resources here (courtesy of Granite State Clean Cities Coalition and the Concord Energy & Environment Committee).
Public Utilities Commission Releases RFP for Low-Income Solar Grant
View Request for Proposal here.
Check Out Clean Energy NH's New Blog on Energy Markets and Policy
Read the blog here.
Want exclusive access to weekly policy emails and policy calls with Clean Energy NH experts? Email Brianna Brand <brianna@cleanenergynh.org> and become a member today.
Webinars
LES Webinar -
Low Income Solar Projects in NH

When:  Tuesday, February, 26, 2019 12:00 PM EST
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4895329628599675650

In 2018 New Hampshire launched a new Low-Income Solar Program. The program was designed in accordance with a state law directing that no less than 15% of the Renewable Energy Fund go toward benefiting low-moderate income residential customers. The first round of funding resulted in the development of three unique projects. Join us Tuesday, February 26, 12-1pm to learn about how these programs are spreading the benefits of distributed solar to low-income communities across New Hampshire.

Presenters:
  • Sal Steven-Hubbard and Kara Lasalle of Lakes Region Community Developers
  • Christa Shute of Vermont Law School Energy Clinic
  • Sandra Jones of NH Solar Shares and PAREI
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Granite State ASHRAE Webinar -
Author Craig Morris: Energy Democracy

When:  Thursday, February 21, 12:00pm
Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1555809349772891907

 In this webinar author Craig Morris will be speaking about energy policy and how it affects our daily lives. Power generation began with small local power facilities, often owned by the local municipality. Today, our power is provided by large multi-national energy corporations who are beholden to shareholders of their large "for profit" companies. Craig will review how local communities in Germany organized to change the course of energy production in their country and forced the government to adopt a policy the public wanted based on sustainable, renewable energy. But this is not just a story of a switch from coal and nuclear to renewables, but a story of transition to energy democracy where communities are once again engaged in their energy production and future.

CESA Webinar -
State of U.S. Storage Industry: 2018 Year in Review

When:  Thursday, February 28, 1:00-2:30pm
Registration: https://www.cesa.org/webinars/state-of-the-u-s-energy-storage-industry-2018-year-in-review/?date=2019-02-28

The U.S. energy storage market experienced substantial growth in 2018. In this webinar, Dan Finn-Foley from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables will share insights related to recent developments in the U.S. energy storage market, including deployment trends, policy updates, and market outlook.

Presenters:

  • Dan Finn-Foley, Senior Analyst, Energy Storage, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
  • Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director of Energy Storage Research, U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
  • Dan Borneo, Engineering Project Manager, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Todd Olinsky-Paul, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance (Moderator)

This webinar is a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories, and is managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).

Events
Hillsborough Area Solar Information Sessions

The Hillsborough Area Renewable Energy Initiative volunteer organization (HAREI.ORG) is holding a series of information sessions on solar power throughout the area in the through March. The 30% tax credit is set to expire at the end of 2019 so if you've been considering dramatically reducing your electric bill by adding solar panels to your roof, then now is the time to learn more. HAREI will give a 45-minute presentation providing basic information on solar power and how you can do it yourself. Even if you're thinking of contracting a solar installer, this presentation will help you negotiate the best deal by being informed. HAREI members who have already added solar to their home will be in attendance to answer your questions after the presentation. Examples of the solar equipment will be available showing how easy it is to assemble yourself. See the HAREI.ORG web site for more information.

Dates/Times/Locations:
Feb 11 / 7pm / Hollis Lawrence Barn
Feb 26 / 7pm / Old Grasmere Town Hall Goffstown
Mar 23 / 11am / Mont Vernon Library
More dates/locations will be posted in the coming weeks
Solar Ribbon Cutting -
Children's Museum of NH, Dover

When: Wednesday, February 20th, 11am
Where: Children's Museum of NH, 6 Washington Street, Dover, NH
Registration: https://www.revisionenergy.com/events/solar-ribbon-cutting-dover-nh/

Join us at the museum for a ribbon cutting to unveil solar projects at The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and Dover Indoor Pool. The arrays are projected to save the City of Dover NH over half a million dollars in electricity costs long-term. 
318 solar panels installed on the rooftops of both buildings will generate approximately 120,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity per year and offset more than 126,000 pounds of carbon pollution annually.
Snow date: February 21 at 11 AM.
Weatherize Kearsarge Hosts Button Up in Andover

When: Tuesday, February 12, 6:30pm
Where: Andover Community Hub, 157 Main St., Andover
Contact: Larry Chase, Andover Energy Group | lbchase@aol.com | 603-735-5135

"Button Up Kearsarge" is an evening workshop focusing on the basics of home energy costs and the values of home weatherization. The presentation, open to the public at no cost.  Refreshments will be available. Workshop topics will include:
  • Residential heat use and loss
  • Short-term benefits of simple do-it-yourself weatherization
  • Value of a professional home energy audit
  • Long-term benefits of extensive professional energy retrofits
  • Health and comfort benefits of weatherization
  • Technical and financial resources available to make it happen
The workshop will be led by certified home-energy consultant Bob Eldredge, owner of Concord-based ABC Energy Savings.  Eldredge has been offering Button-Up presentations across the state since 2010, including two prior visits to Andover.

Weatherize Kearsarge provides $100 energy audits (often priced at over $400) to residents in participating towns of Andover, Canaan, Enfield, Newbury, New London, Sutton, Warner, and Wilmot between now and March 15. Participants who commit to an energy efficiency project by May 31 will be entered to win $500 toward project costs.

For more information, go to vitalcommunities.org/Weatherize.
NHSaves Button Up Workshop -
Seeking Host Communities!

Would your town, community group, or Energy Committee be interested in hosting a home energy saving workshop this winter?  The Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative is looking for local hosts to bring this important workshop series to more residents in New Hampshire.

The NHSaves Button Up Workshop is a 1.5 hour presentation about how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It covers basic building science principles as well as examples of whole house weatherization measures that will button up your home for the heating and cooling seasons. It also covers details about the energy efficiency programs offered by NH utilities to provide energy audits and weatherization, rebates on electric and gas appliances as well as new construction. The workshop series is sponsored by NHSaves, a collaboration of New Hampshire’s electric and natural gas utilities, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, NH Electric Cooperative and Unitil  to provide NH customers with information, incentives, and support designed to save energy, reduce costs, and protect our environment statewide.

The Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative will work with the local host to make the arrangements for the workshop and will provide a speaker at no cost to the host and the publicity.  Hosts need to find a location, date and help publicize the workshop locally.  For businesses wishing to host this workshop for their employees, the workshop can be scaled back to run for one hour.

If your municipal board, energy committee, business or local organization would like to host a workshop (at no cost to you), please contact Robbin Adams, Button Up Coordinator, at the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative, 603-536-5030 or robbin@plymouthenergy.org

Sandra Jones, Co-Director, PAREI | PO Box 753  79 Highland Street | Plymouth, NH 03264 | (603) 536-5030 | www.plymouthenergy.org | www.localfoodsplymouth.org
See full events calendar here.
Job Posting
North Country Energy Circuit Rider, Clean Energy NH
Read job description and FAQ here.

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