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Turning Ideas into Action 
August 2016
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Keynote Speaker: Sandra Steingraber

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Energy News

Meredith Energy Committee will be hosting a presentation, for the Regional Energy Hub, by Scott Maslansky of the Jordan Institute regarding C-PACE. Tuesday, October 18th at 5:30 PM.  NH C-PACE allows building owners to overcome many of the financial obstacles they face in completing comprehensive and longer pay-back energy projects. C-PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy for Commercial buildings) ties cash positive, long-term private financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to a commercial property (including non-profits) through a Special Assessment lien.  

Revised C-PACE legislation was unanimously passed by the NH State legislature in 2015 (RSA 53-F). The Jordan Institute (Statewide Administrator) is launching the program in 2016. C-PACE still needs to be adopted by each municipality where projects take place and in May, Hanover became the first NH municipality to adopt the program.
Check out the following:
·  90-sec helpful video about C-PACE from PaceNation
·  NH C-PACE brochure
·  (Recently launched/still under development)
· - National data on the PACE financing market

Energy Education for K–12 Expanding to NH
The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) recently received a grant from the Putnam Foundation that will allow the organization to bring their hands-on energy education opportunities to New Hampshire students and teachers. VEEP is offering a free day of in-class workshops to schools in western NH. Workshops are designed for all grade levels, and topics range from building models to understand climate change, exploring electricity and efficiency, and practicing engineering while learning about solar and wind energy. VEEP also plans to bring professional development and support to teachers, including support for school projects that reduce energy use, and the opportunity to borrow kits of educational equipment. For more information on bringing VEEP to your local school, visit or contact Cara Robechek at 802-552-8674 or

Button Up NH
Check out the Events Calendar for dates on the Button Up NH programs. Already in place: Concord, Convey, Exeter, Hudson, Pembroke.

NH Solar Project
The largest solar project in the State and first landfill array constructed in NH's history is about to be commissioned in Milton NH.  It is larger than the Peterborough project at 993 kW/Dc and its the largest community solar project with the Town, a large non-profit and Milton residents as the offtakers. It was also a recipient of the PUC grant last year. Look out for the official ribbon cutting event in the Events Calendar, in the meantime, check out for more info.
Street Smart!
The City Of Claremont, NH saved energy, reduced their carbon footprint and improved the quality of light by converting the 1,000 streetlights to LED lighting. Affinity LED Lighting, based in Dover completed the conversion and the city will save $73,000 annually and reduce their energy consumption by more than 60%, which equates to a carbon foot print reduction of 160 tons annually.
Partnering was with the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority - NHCDFA ( for the citywide streetlight conversion. 

Temple Energy Committee Pipeline Efforts
For the past year and a half, Temple’s Energy Committee joined with thousands of residents across the state to focus on preventing the Kinder Morgan’s massive fracked gas pipeline into NE and NH. These efforts contributed to the decision to table the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project. To read more, click on

Position Open: Climate Adaptation Program Coordinator
Apply for the Climate Adaptation Program Coordinator, UNH Cooperative Extension and N.H. Sea Grant. This position will support coastal and statewide education programs led by UNH Cooperative Extension and N.H. Sea Grant on climate adaptation. The Program Coordinator will provide science-based education, technical assistance and facilitation to support municipal decision makers, landowners, professionals and others to develop strategies to prepare for and adapt to climate change. To read the full position description, desired qualifications, and apply online visit the link:
Application closing date: 4:00pm August 19, 2016. Direct any questions to:

Position Open: Project Coordinator
A Climate To Thrive, an initiative of and for the communities of Mount Desert Island is hiring a Project Coordinator. For more info click here

Green Your Fleet
The Granite State Clean Cities Coalition (a program hosted by the NH Department of Environmental Services) and the NH Automobile Dealers Association recently presented a charitable contribution check to the New Hampshire Motor Speedways’ Speedway Children Charity following a successful Green Your Fleet event held at the Speedway. Green Your Fleet, a biennial event of the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition (GSCCC) for fleets and municipalities focuses on alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technologies.

Workshops & Trainings
Building Operator Certification
Lakes Region Community College is offering its 8-day Building Operator Certification class over eight Fridays from August 26 - November 18, 2016.  School, municipal and other large facilities professionals in NH can learn how to reduce building energy costs, earn the BOC certification, and get a 50% tuition award from NH’s regulated energy utilities. See the LRCC Energy Calendar for registration details, or contact Andy Duncan,, tel. 603-366-5329.

29 Efficiency Workshops
These will be happening all over the state this Fall.  Most of these are focused for Municipalities and larger buildings.This list is still a work in progress but most of the dates are confirmed. As details are finalized for each specific event they will be posted on 

Go Back to School! 
Study how to improve the student learning environments  & contribute to the academic success of the students. Join NEEP & its partners at two High Performance Schools Summits. These summits will gather a wide variety of schools stakeholders included architects, engineers, facility and energy managers, utility program administrators and school business officials. In an effort to bring together a large audience to share best practices and real-world expertise, these two events are free. Registration for both is now open. Please visit New Hampshire Summit and Rhode Island Summit webpages.

Free Energy Code Workshops
Calling all professionals involved with building codes who might be interested in attending a free workshop with available CEUs. In addition to building science and detailed code review, there will be an afternoon presentation on Zero Energy Homes.
There are four total workshops at various NH locations this Fall, two residential and two commercial. For workshop topics and schedule and further info, please contact or phone 603-391-0047. To register, click here

New Energy Resources
Solar 101 Presentations
The Lakes Region Community College, has recently completed their Solar 101 workshop series and PDF versions of the presentations are available here:
These Solar 101 workshops have helped build the regional solar market by targeting the reduction of non-hardware "soft" costs for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.  The workshops were produced by Lakes Region Community College, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II, in partnership with the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning and Clean Energy States Alliance.  Thank you to all who helped coordinate and participated!
Click on the calendar to see what is happening in August & beyond.
Each month we shine the light on a LES Work Group Member.

Meet Kate Epsen
Executive DirectorNH Sustainable Energy Association
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. 

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