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Opportunities for Community Solar in the Upper Valley of NH

Thinking about installing solar panels?  Now is the perfect time to step up!  Sustainable Hanover is hosting a panel presentation on Thursday April 27th featuring a range of local speakers experienced in the world of solar power. Hosted at the Richmond Middle School, the evening will begin at 5:30 pm with displays by various solar installers.  The panel presentation will include an update on the current State legislation regarding group net-metering and shared experience from local advocates that have helped create large photovoltaic arrays on private property and on a co-operative business.  Residents will learn how they can participate or invest in a community solar project.  A local attorney will discuss various legal frameworks, and representatives from the regional USDA offices will describe funding opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The forum, which is co-sponsored by the Cornish, Enfield, Lebanon and Plainfield Energy Committees, as well as Vital Communities, the UV Sierra Club, the NH Sustainable Energy Association and Ready for 100, will run from 6-7:30 on April 27 

The program follows in the footsteps of “Solarize Hanover” which resulted in solar installations at over 50 residences, and the second “Green Power Challenge” offered by Sustainable Hanover which allows homeowners to purchase their electricity from renewable energy providers.  Marjorie Rogalski, co-chair of Sustainable Hanover, said, “During Solarize Hanover, several residents who were disappointed that they were unable to install solar panels at their own home, expressed interest in community solar.  As the effects of climate change become more apparent, more and more people are interested in how they can support renewable, local energy.”

In its third year as an EPA designated “Green Power Community”, Hanover’s Select Board recently endorsed the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 initiative which calls for 100% renewable energy by 2030.    The April 27 panel discussion will further dialogue on how that goal can be achieved.

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