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Turning Ideas into Action 
July 2016
What’s YOUR Local Energy Challenge?
Tell Us And You Could Win An Opportunity to Brainstorm Solutions with 
NH’s Energy Experts and Leaders

Hi Local Energy Folks!

We’re busy planning for this fall's LES Conference (mark your calendars for November 19th) and we need YOUR help. We know you’re working hard every day tackling issues small and large to further clean energy in your community - everything from policy, financing, education, community engagement and more. We want to know the biggest challenge that you or your energy group is facing, so that we can help you find a solution!

This year at the LES Conference, four local energy leaders or groups will have the opportunity to share their challenge and brainstorm solutions with other local energy committee members, policy and technology experts, planners, municipal staff, and various other energy stakeholders. What better way to maximize all the experience, expertise, and passion in the room than to truly put our ideas into action by tackling a challenge together! The four selected groups will also each receive two free passes to the conference.

Your challenge can be local regional, or statewide in scope, but it should be action oriented, beneficial to the wider audience, engaging, and inspiring. Challenges should be related to concrete projects that you are working on in energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, resiliency, or education and community engagement.

To submit a challenge, share it with us here by August 1st. You are welcome to submit multiple challenges. Feel free to contact Leigh Cameron at or 603-905-9915 with any questions.

Thanks & we look forward to hearing from you!
-The NH LES Work Group & the NH Sustainable Energy Association
Energy News

Solar Up NH is Back!
SmartPower, Washington DC and Southern NH Planning Commission (SNHPC) are working together again on a new market-based approach for carrying out the Solar Up NH program in the SNHPC Region this summer and fall 2016 with the goal of taking the Solar Up NH program statewide in 2017.  Three towns are participating in the summer 2016 campaigns – Francestown, New Boston and Weare.  The firms of Millhouse Enterprises and Granite State Solar have been selected by the towns as the solar installer for the solarize campaigns and many local volunteers are excited and working hard to make the program successful in their communities.  Kick Off Events are scheduled for Tuesday July 19, 2016 at the New Boston Library from 7 – 8 PM; Tuesday July 26, 2016 from 6 – 8 PM at the Weare Middle School Cafeteria and again on Saturday July 30, 2016 at the Weare Middle School Cafeteria from 10 AM – 12:00 Noon.  For more information, please visit the Solar Up NH website at:

Energy Education for K–12 Expanding to NH
The Vermont Energy Education Program 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

Ribbon Cutting Scheduled at Large-Scale Municipal Solar Array
On July 21st at 10am411 Packers Falls Road in Lee.  The 651-kilowatt Oyster River Forest Solar Array is the largest project to date for ReVision Energy. IGS Solar, a turn-key commercial and residential solar provider, financed and owns the array and the Town of Durham owns the site. Durham Energy Committee Chairman Charles Forcey said, “The Oyster River Forest Solar Array is an unprecedented collaboration between two municipalities, two pioneering, private solar companies, a cooperative school district and the Public Utilities Commission of New Hampshire. With immense gratitude toward its partners in this utility-scale effort, the Town of Durham celebrates this landmark achievement toward our overarching goal to secure a clean, affordable and secure energy supply for our municipal services." For more info, click here

VNRC/VECAN Seeking Energy & Climate Action
AmeriCorps Member (application deadline July 15th, Hurry!)

Do you want to work with diverse stakeholders and local leaders to help Vermont transition to a clean energy future? The Vermont Natural Resources Council, coordinator of the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN), has an exciting opportunity for a motivated individual with interest and expertise in community outreach, communications and clean energy. This position will support VECAN’s work in particular to inform, mobilize and strengthen the work of solutions-oriented, grassroots energy committees in Vermont. Find out more and apply here  - VNRC is an EOE.
Please contact current AmeriCorps member Ben Civiletti ( with any questions or requests for more information.

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Under the program 'Design Solutions for Coastal Resilience', a total of $300,000 is available for projects that enhance coastal resilience to current and future hazards. The proposed work must take place in one or more of the 17 N.H. coastal zone communities. Eligible applicants include municipalities, state agencies, regional planning commissions, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations. Proposals must be submitted electronically by emailing by 4:00 pm EDT on Thursday, July 21, 2016.  For more information on eligibility and submittal requirements, view the full request for proposals here. For further assistance, please contact Coastal Resilience Specialist Kirsten Howard at (603) 559-0020 or

Climate Ride Northeast!
Cyclists from all over will join together on September 8th for an epic journey from Bar Harbor, ME to Boston, MA in support of sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes. Check out the story of one New England citizen, Michelle Lamb, who will be pedaling for climate solutions this fall!

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.

NH HES Assesors Program
U.S. DOE's Home Energy Score continues to gain traction nationwide.  Like a MPG rating for a house, it is a rapid, accurate and inexpensive home energy asset scoring system.  Vermont and New Hampshire state governments are developing mechanisms for widespread adoption of HES in both states.  Qualified building energy and inspection professionals can now become NH HES Assessors under HES Partner GDS Associates.  Contact Autumn Curilla at GDS for more information.  
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 July & beyond.
Each month we shine the light on a LES Work Group Member.

Bruce Clendenning, Energy Policy Manager, The Nature Conservancy and
Find out why Bruce thinks that NH's Energy Future is Now!
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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