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Stories & News
-Feature Story: A View from the North Country
-Claremont Named 2018 Municipal Energy Champions
-Nashua Releases "Solarize +" RFP
-Temple Votes for 100% Renewables
-Keene GHG Report reflects on 20 years of progress
-5MW Solar Project Proposed in Sanbornton
-Clean Tech Corner: When Clean Tech Meets Policy
Last Month in Photos
Resources of the Month

-HAREI's Home Solar Modeling Tool
-NH Wood Energy Council GIS Map of NH Biomass Systems
-THIS SATURDAY - Ammonoosuc, Kearsarge, and Central NH: One Day, Three Energy Expos
-Green Your Fleet Workshop with Clean Cities Coalition
-Coastal Adaptation Workgroup Workshop
-Sign up for a Button Up!
-NH Energy Policy Update
Policy Updates
Morning view of Mt. Jackson and Crawford Notch looking south from Mt. Willard.
Factoid of the Month:
NHSaves contributed to 149 municipal energy efficiency projects in 65 NH Cities and Towns in 2017! Thanks NHSaves!
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Stories and News
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FEATURE: Local Energy Solutions - A View From the North Country
March 20, 2018 – A gathering of fifty individuals, comprised of utility managers, town officials, state and federal employees, and efficiency contractors, come together in the heart of the White Mountains to tackle the energy challenges of NH's North Country...
Claremont Named 2018 Municipal Energy Champions
New Hampshire Energy Week began on March 12th and on the evening of the 15th the City of Claremont was recognized for...
City of Nashua releases "Solarize +" Request for Proposal
Nashua, inspired by Energize 360 in the Seacoast, Solarze and Weatherize Upper Valley, and the growing tradition of public outreach campaigns releases RFP to solar and efficiency industry.
Temple Votes for 100% Renewable Energy
Temple citizens unanimously approve Warrant Article to establish voluntary Task Force to evaluate options for switching municipal energy usage to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030. Several other NH cities and towns are considering similar renewable energy goals.
Keene Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Reflects on 20 years of progress
According to GHG Emissions report, municipal emissions in the City of Keene decreased by 25% between 1995-2015. Community-wide emissions, however, are only down ~3%. Read full report here.
5 Megawatt Solar Project Proposed in Sanbornton
Clean Energy Collective has proposed a 5 megawatt solar project consisting of  five, one megawatt groups near a residential area in Sanbornton NH. The project is meeting with mixed response from the townspeople, due to the proximity of Sanbornton’s Historic District. One section of the project  is actually within the bounds of the district. The project involves a lease of five separate parcels belonging to the Giunta Family on Tower Hill. The Sanbornton Planning Board will be reviewing the permit application this spring.
NHBR Clean Tech Corner: When Clean Technology Meets Policy
Read former Department of Environmental Services Commission Tom Burack's article in NH Business Review on policy and transit electrification here.
Last Month in Photos
Governor Sununu announces more than $4 million in funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure at Energy Week before several hundred participants from across New Hampshire's clean energy economy.
Town of Loudon voting to establish Energy Committee and Alternative Energy Capital Reserve Fund, one of scores of energy-related town meeting votes that took place this March.
Unitil employees working with officials representing seven municipalities to understand opportunity of LED streetlight conversions in the Seacoast region.
New solar projects help Hollis Schools with STEM education
Putting solar panels on the roof of a school will help save money and reduce environmental impact but it does not necessarily mean that it will help students learn. But by working with the Solar On Schools Program developed by New England Commercial Solar Services and their two brand new rooftop 125kW solar PV systems on the Hollis Primary and Upper Elementary Schools Hollis educators have the educational and technological resources to include solar data and design information into the classroom to help with Science Technology and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Resources of the Month
Hillsborough Area Renewable Energy Initiative (HAREI): A How To Guide for Home Solar Installs
Check out HAREI's awesome "How To" guide for home solar, complete with an easy to use Excel cost-modelling tool here!
Statewide GIS Map of Commercial Biomass Systems
Check out NH Wood Energy Council's interactive map of more than 100 NH commercial biomass facilities here!
Renewable Energy Grant Opportunity through USDA
USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for fiscal year 2018 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) funding. The program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Applicants can apply for a grant to fund up to 25% of the total project costs. Energy efficiency grants can range from $1,500 to $250,000 while renewable energy grants range from $2,500 to $500,000.  In fiscal year 2017, REAP awarded 15 grants totaling $528,000 to New Hampshire agricultural producers and small businesses. Examples of projects include, but are not limited to, the installation of wood pellet systems, solar panels, insulation, energy efficient lighting, compressors, and reverse osmosis machines. Application information can be found on the USDA’s website.
CONTACT: Energy Program Coordinator Ken Yearman at (802) 828-6070 or
Spring applications are due by April 30, 2018.

Three Energy Expos in a Single Day? Don't miss out this Saturday!

Please join us for the 2018 Ammonoosuc Energy Expo!
When: Saturday April 7th from 9 AM to 3 PM
When: Profile School in Bethlehem
The Expo includes a trade show, workshops on energy efficiency and conservation, and keynote speaker Ben Southworth of Garland Mill Timber Frames. See full agenda here.
Please join us for the 2018 Kearsarge Region Energy Expo!
When: Saturday April 7th from 10 AM to 3 PM
When: Mercer Gym, Colby-Sawyer College, New London
Hosts: Kearsarge COA's Climate Action Group, New London Energy Committee, Andover Energy Committee.
Please join us for the Central NH Energy Expo!
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Dunbarton Elementary School Community Center

There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. The Energy Expo will feature a gymnasium full of energy related vendors coupled with interesting energy workshop sessions held throughout the event.

Questions, contact us by email at: 
Coastal Adaption Workgroup: Water, Weather, Climate, and Community Workshop
Join us for an evening with local researchers and community representatives discussing how coastal groundwater will rise with sea level, and the impacts to water quality, infrastructure, and ecosystem health.
When: Thursday, April 26, 5:00-7:45pm (light dinner from 5-5:30)
Where: Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH
Clean Cities Coalition Green Your Fleet Workshop
Granite State Clean Cities Coalition proudly presents the 2018 Green Your Fleet! (GYF) Workshop.  GYF features an electrifying agenda containing the latest in alternative fuels, advanced vehicles and technology trends … including Jamie Page-Deaton of U.S. News & World Report as our Keynote Speaker.  Click this link to learn more and REGISTER TODAY!
When: Friday, June 1st
Where: NH Motor Speedway
Has your community hosted a Button Up Recently? Now is the time!
Would you like a free NHSaves Button Up presentation in your community?  These popular energy efficiency workshops feature energy efficiency tips for homeowners.  Contact Robbin Adams at PAREI <> for more information, or see the NHSaves Calendar for these and other upcoming workshops. 
See full events calendar here.
Policy Updates
  • The Public Utilities Commission has release a Request for Proposal for solar projects that will serve low- and moderate-income communities. RFP winner(s) will receive grant funding for projects.
  • View March 30th's NH Energy Policy Update Webinar here.
  • Keep up to date on Current Energy Legislation here.

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 Henry Herndon for more information on the LES efforts and opportunities for participation.

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