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April 2019 NEWSLETTER

In This Issue:

Stories & News:
-Congrats to 2019 Energy Champions!
-Clean Energy NH Hires North Country Staff
-Oyster River Students Tour Solar Array
-Solarize Monadnock Building Momentum
-Marlborough Church goes Solar
-Efficiency at Concord Community Center
Events & Webinars:
-4/8, Solar Ribbon Cutting, Keene
-4/9, LES Webinar, Clean Energy for Businesses
-4/13, Solarize Kearsarge Kick-off, New London
-4/23, LES Webinar, Liberty Storage Pilot
-4/20, Earth Festival & Drive Electric, Keene
-4/24, Electric Grid Modernization, Plainfield
-4/24, Sustainable Hanover Event
-5/5, NH Climate Conference, SNHU Manchester
-5/14, Efficient Buildings, Grantham
-6/5,  Business Solar Summit, Derry
See our Full Calendar of Events here.
Visit www.nhenergy.org for further resources.
~300 Attend 3rd Annual Energy Week Breakfast
LES is coordinated by
Stories & News
Congratulations to this year's Energy Week Award Winners!
  • Business Energy Champion: Hypertherm
  • Municipal Energy Champion: City of Dover
  • Legislative Energy Champion: Senator Jeb Bradley
Photo Credit: The Nature Conservancy
Clean Energy NH Hires North Country Energy Circuit Rider
Melissa Elander joins the Clean Energy NH team as the state's first Energy Circuit Rider. Melissa brings with her a strong background in energy auditing, energy efficiency, teaching, local government, and entrepreneurship. The North Country Energy Circuit Rider will work in partnership with municipalities in Coös County to implement energy efficiency and clean energy projects. Read more here.

Contact Henry Herndon <henry@cleanenergynh.org> for further information.
Oyster River School District Hosts 3rd Annual Energy & Climate Fieldtrip to Durham Solar Array for 4th Graders
Solarize Monadnock campaign continues through end of June across five NH towns:
Learn more at: https://www.solarizemonadnock.com
John Stark High School Dry Wood Chip Boiler Saves $50,000
Weare , NH – The students at John Stark High School (SAU 24) are now being heated by a dry wood chip boiler system installed by Froling Energy of Peterborough, NH. Read full story here.
HAREI Continues to Host Solar Info Sessions Across Hillsborough County
Learn more about HAREI here.
Marlborough Federated Church Goes Solar
The Marlborough Federated Church has just installed 70 solar panels on one of its buildings, the Community House on Main St (Rte. 101). It will produce 21 kW which is enough to group net meter the Community House, the church itself, and the parsonage that the minister lives in. The church entered a Power Purchase Agreement with ReVision Energy to complete the project. Read more here.
Energy Efficiency and the Concord City-Wide Community Center
The City of Concord recenty partnered with Liberty Utilities and NHSaves to receive $36,000 in funding towards energy efficiency upgrades at the Community Center. Read more here.
Green Energy Times (G.E.T.) is celebrating its 10th year anniversary with the May 2019 issue!  G.E.T.'s  beginnings focused on local sustainability news in Vermont.  It has since grown to a regional publication covering Vermont, New Hampshire, western Massachusetts, and regions of New York including the Hudson Valley, Capital District, and Oneonta area.  Green Energy Times is a free resource bi-monthly publication (published in the odd-numbered months) containing articles about energy efficiency, sustainability, and energy independence.  View all current and past issues on www.greenenergytimes.org.  Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint.  Help support G.E.T. to keep it going for another 10+ year!  Visit www.greenenergytimes.org to learn more. 
Policy Updates
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Events & Webinars
Solar Ribbon Cutting, Keene NH

When: Monday, April 8, 1:30-2:30pm
Where: City of Keene Public Works Department, 350 Marlboro Street, Keene
Registration: https://www.revisionenergy.com/events/solar-ribbon-cutting-keene-nh/
LES Webinar: Clean Energy Benefits for Businesses

When: Tuesday, April 9, 10am-11am
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2013017071832103948
Blurb: Across New Hampshire, businesses are turning to clean energy options to control their energy budgets, lower energy costs, and meet their community and environmental goals. Join Local Energy Solutions and our partners at the Small Business Development Center as we share three case studies of New Hampshire businesses that are benefiting from clean energy solutions. You will hear from:
  • Bob Fitzpatrick, Store Manager, Vista Foods Grocery Store - Energy Efficiency
  • Jen Briggs, Owner, A Place to Grow - Energy Efficiency and Solar PV
  • Peter Hansel, President of Filtrine Manufacturing Co. & Vice-chair of Keene’s Energy and Climate Committee - Modern Wood Heating
Soalrize Kearsarge Kick-Off
 
When: Saturday April 13, 10-11:30 am
Where: Ivey Science Center, Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London
What: Learn about the costs and benefits of going solar, meet neighbors who have already gone solar, meet the Solarize Kearsarge 2019 partner installer, and sign up for a solar site visit.
 
Solarize Kearsarge is helping residents in Andover, New London, Newbury, Sutton, Warner, and Wilmot go solar this year with a pre-vetted installer and group pricing that goes down as more people sign up. The program is coordinated by nonprofit Vital Communities, with help from dozens of volunteers from Kearsarge Climate Action and our region's town energy committees.
 
LES Webinar:
Liberty Utilities Time-of-Use Energy Storage Pilot

When: Tuesday, April 23, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4829530456071787021
Blurb: This year, Liberty Utilities will install between 100 and 200 Tesla Powerwall batteries in residential customer homes as part of an innovative energy storage pilot project. Join us to learn about the program, the accompanying Time-Of-Use rates, the benefits of energy storage, and future plans to expand competitive options for energy storage across NH through "Bring-Your-Own-Device," or "BYOD," programs. You will hear from:

-Heather Tebbetts, Manger of Rates and Regulatory Affairs at Liberty Utilities
-Chris Rauscher, Director of Policy and Storage Markets at Sunrun
Sustainable Hanover 2nd Annual Energy Forum:
"Achieving 100% Renewable Energy - Let's Make it Happen"

When: Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Richmond Middle School, 63 Lyme Rd. Hanover NH
Register: here.
What: The Sustainable Hanover Energy Committee is excited to host the 2nd Annual Energy Forum, an update on the past year's progress with displays and choices for residents and businesses who want to join in the transition to clean energy. Help us celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Hanover’s historic vote to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 for electricity and by 2050 for transportation and heating. Come to learn what’s happening. Leave with at least one idea to move towards 100 percent in the coming year.
New this year! Register on-line and enter your name into a drawing for a surprise prize!
 
The Electric Grid:
Looking Towards a Future with Renewables
How the Grid Works, and What Needs to Change to Incorporate Renewable Energy

When: Wednesday April 24, 2019, 7-8:30pm
Where: Philip Read Memorial Library | 1088 Rte. 12A, Plainfield, NH
What: Speakers will discuss opportunities and challenges posed by integration of renewable energy into the electric grid, including centralized vs. distributed generation, home battery systems, time of use rates, microgrids, smart grids, and more!
Presenters:
Graham Turk, Green Mountain Power, Innovation Champion
Henry Herndon, Clean Energy NH, Director of Local Energy Solutions

For more info, contact Joanna Sharf at josharf@gmail.com

Check our town web sites in the event of bad weather.
www.plainfieldnh.org/energy/energy.htm
www.cornishnh.net
 
Another event  in the Plainfield and Cornish Energy Committee's Renewable Energy Education Series
Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change:
Impacts and Opportunities

When: Saturday, May 5th, 8:30am-1:30pm
Where: Southern NH University, Frost Hall, Walker Auditorium, 2500 North River Road, Manchester
Registration: https://wacnh.org/event-3296208
Details: See full event details here.
Grantham/Eastman Host
"Energy Efficient Building Materials" Event

When: May 14th at 7pm
Where: Gratham Town Hall
What: The combined efforts of Grantham and Eastman Energy Committees will be hosting a “Energy Efficient Building Materials” info night on May 14th at 7 pm in the lower level of the Grantham Town Hall. The vendors from Yankee Barn, Unity Homes, Preferred Building and Lavalleys will showcase their products and answer questions regarding building new, additions and retrofitting existing homes to make them as close to “Net Zero” as possible.  All are welcome and doors open at 6:30.
Derry NH Business Solar Summit

When: Wednesday, June 5, 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A Street, Derry, NH
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/derry-nh-business-solar-summit-tickets-4618985510
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.

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.

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