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Turning Ideas into Action 
December 2016
LES Conference Survey!
The LES Work Group and the NH Sustainable Energy Association thank YOU for helping to make the 2016 LES Conference a success! On November 19th, over 260 local energy leaders, municipal and school officials, legislators, clean energy businesses, and engaged residents joined together to discuss the technologies, policies, and community engagement strategies that can help build a clean energy future for New Hampshire. 

Please help us strengthen future events and programs by taking a few minutes to complete the Conference Evaluation.

We particularly want to know: should the LES Conference continue to be held on a Saturday or should it move to a weekday? Even if you have completed the survey already, please click on the link to answer this one question. Thank you!
 
Didn’t get to make it to all the sessions you were interested in? Check out the presentations from LES 2016 here!
Energy News

Pedal Power Transitions to Solar Power at Seacoast Homeless Shelter 
After a two-year fundraising effort, a Seacoast homeless shelter will soon be powered by the sun. A solar electric array will be installed at Cross Roads House in Portsmouth over the course of several days, beginning November 10th. The transition to solar power will save the shelter thousands of dollars per year. Click to read more.

Green Homes with Habitat for Humanity

After a year of planning and building, the Evan and Deni Shangraw family was given the keys on Saturday November 12, 2016 to their newly finished Habitat for Humanity home in Tamworth NH that far exceeds standard energy efficiency codes. To read more, click here.






Solar Canopies Coming to Parking Lots 
If you park at either of Haverhill's train stations to catch the commuter rail, you will soon have a solar canopy over your car. To read more about them, click here.
                        
Fossil Fuel Free Energy
The Hollis Energy Committee has set a goal to have their town operations become fossil fuel free! 

Milton Solar Installation
With the installation of solar panels, Milton is producing power that is equivalent to powering 160 NH homes.









NHSaves Offering No Cost Energy Walk Through Audit 
NHSaves wants to help your business save energy, reduce costs, and protect the environment with cost effective solutions. When companies invest in energy efficiency, they improve their bottom lines, now and in the future. For more info click here.

Energy Department Launches Zero Energy Schools Accelerator
Six school districts, two states and several national organizations are working collaboratively to develop zero energy design that is cost-competitive to conventional construction in the education sector and in local communities across the nation. A Zero Energy Building is an energy-efficient building, where on a source energy basis, the actual delivered energy is less than or equal to the onsite renewable exported energy. Read the full story here.

Volkswagen Group of America Invests in Zero Emission Vehicles
Volkswagen Group of America is investing $2 billion over the next 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and awareness. Check out www.electrifyamerica.com for information on VW's Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure and awareness campaign, as well as details on how states, municipalities, and others can submit proposals to help inform VW's ZEV investment plans over the next ten years. 

Workshops & Trainings
EPA Smart Growth Technical Assistance Programs
Click here to learn out about the many technical assistance opportunities to help communities learn about and implement smart growth approaches.

No Cost Technical Assistance for Local Governments
SolSmart provides recognition and no-cost technical assistance to help local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth. The program is designed to drive greater solar deployment and help make it possible for more homes and businesses to access affordable and renewable solar energy to meet their electricity needs.  SolSmart experts will design personalized action plans for communities that outline a path to designation as a SolSmart community, along with a rough timeline. SolSmart is federally funded for a three-year period, but is expected to persist beyond this timeframe. Stakeholder and community benefits are described on the program website. http://www.gosparc.org/
New Energy Resources
Sustainable Solar Education Project
The Sustainable Solar Education Project provides timely information and educational resources to help states and municipalities ensure distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and benefits low- and moderate-income households. The project is developing program guides, webinars, online course material, and in-person training for government officials on topics related to strengthening solar equitability, improving consumer information, and implementing consumer protection measures. It is managed by the Clean Energy State Alliance (CESA) and funded through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals program.

Energy Procurement Storage
A set of guidance documents for Municipalities have been made available on Energy Storage Procurement. These documents were originally produced to support Massachusetts Department of Energy’s Community Clean Energy Resilience Initiative awardees in energy storage procurement. This document is available here.
 
EVENTS CALENDAR
Click on the calendar to see what is happening in December & beyond.
ABOUT THE LES WORK GROUP
Our mission is to provide collaborative guidance and technical support to Local Energy Committees & Commissions (LEC's), 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 Leigh Cameron for more information on the LES Work Group's efforts and opportunities for participation. 

About Our E-Newsletter: The monthly Local Energy Solutions E-newsletter of the NH LES Work Group is compiled and distributed by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund on behalf of the NH Local Energy Solutions Work Group.  Learn more about the Grassroots Fund. 
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