Programs

NH Solar Shares

NH Solar Shares in partnership with many community partners including the NH Electric Cooperative will design and install solar PV arrays one community at a time. The project brings multiple wins to our communities:

• Sharing proceeds generated from solar energy with low income families,
• Increasing the portion of clean renewable energy on our grid, and
• Contributing to building healthier, more sustainable communities.

Local Foods Plymouth

The LFP on-line market began in 2006 as a collaboration between the members and staff of D’Acres of New Hampshire and the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative with support from a small start-up grant from the US Department of Agriculture. PAREI is a 501C-3 non-profit organization whose mission is to assist residents, small businesses and non-profit organizations plan for their energy future through reducing and producing energy. PAREI currently serves as LFP’s fiscal agent supporting the practice of sustainable farming, spending food dollars locally, and reducing the number of miles food travels from farm to plate.

NH Rural Renewables

NH Rural Renewables provides free technical assistance to small businesses and agricultural producers in the rural regions of New Hampshire, helping them evaluate and assess the potential for using renewable energy at their business.

Lakes Region Community College, along with Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) and New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA) are teaming together to provide this free technical assistance. Rural small businesses interested in installing solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wood heat, and other renewable energy technologies can receive helpful educational information and preliminary vendor-neutral site evaluations at no cost. This Renewable Energy Development Assistance two-year grant is part of USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which has a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy grant and loan programs.

NHSaves Button Up Workshop Series

The NHSaves Button Up Workshop is a 1.5 hour presentation about how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It is conducted by a certified energy auditor and 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 (for existing homes and new construction) that provide energy audits, weatherization measures such as air sealing and insulating and rebates on new technologies and products such as electric and gas appliances and high efficiency electric heating/cooling equipment.

PAREI of Plymouth, NH is working with local groups around the state to bring these workshops to the public on behalf of New Hampshire’s utilities.