Upcoming Events

September 17, 2014

September Green Eggs – Sea Level Rise and the Built Environment

Date: Wed. Sep 17 7:30 am to Wed. Sep 17 9:00 am
Venue: Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Education Center
Address:
20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, ME
Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members

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Join us as at the Maine Audubon as we kick off a Green Eggs series titled, “Climate Change and the Built Environment.” September’s Green Eggs will focus on a sea level rise and the built environment and how green building is park of the solution.

Our presenter, Dr. Sam Merrill is the founder and current President of Catalysis Adaptation Partners. He has spent over 20 years at the interface of local community needs, managed landscapes, and sensitive natural resources. He has received many awards for his work, including in the year 2000 a military medal for distinguished public service (hon. Lt. Col.), and has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and over 60 agency technical reports. He has been the principal force behind development of the COAST approach to benefit-cost analysis for sea level rise and storm surge and also its implementation in numerous coastal adaptation planning efforts. From 2001 – 2013 he served as Director of the the US EPA’s New England Environmental Finance Center and Associate Research Professor at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. He holds a BA in Zoology from the University of Maine, and both a MS in Conservation Biology and PhD in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Minnesota.

On April 22, 2014, Sam was awarded an Individual Merit Award for his service to EPA Region 1 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, at the historic Faneuil Hall in Boston.

More information is available here: http://www.maineusgbc.org/event/september-204-sea-level-rise/



September 18, 2014

Solar Barn Open House in Deerfield, NH!

Date: Thu. Sep 18 5:00 pm to Thu. Sep 18 7:00 pm
Venue: Mathew's Family Residence
Address:
Deerfield, NH, 03037
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Cost: Free

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Please join ReVision Energy, together with the NH Preservation Alliance and the Mathews family, at this beautifully maintained, 200 year old, Old English Barn to learn a little about how the old and new have blended together seamlessly to create sustainable living.

Witness this juxtaposition between new technology and old architecture and how they’ve merge to evolve a new American vernacular, for the perfect blend of historic and environmental preservation.

Tours will begin with light drink and fare, then onto introductions and a brief discussion on solar energy, followed by an optional walk through of this massive timber frame. This is a must for every old house and barn enthusiast with an interest in sustainable technology.

During the tour you’ll have an opportunity to ask the Professionals about solar energy and historical considerations, and also a chance for a candid discussion with the Mathews family about their ongoing preservation efforts and energy upgrades.

For more details and to RSVP, please contact: kimry@revisionenergy or call (603) 679 1777.

We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there!

This tour is free and open to the public.



September 19, 2014

2014 Common Ground Country Fair

Date: Fri. Sep 19 to Sun. Sep 21
Venue: Common Ground Country Fair Grounds
Address:
294 Crosby Brook Rd, Unity, ME

2014-Fair-Web-Banner Join ReVision Energy in celebrating Maine’s biggest sustainability event of the year!
Common Ground Country Fair is a rural living celebration that unites Maine’s organic farming community, alternative lifestyles, and a variety of organizations and ethnic groups through the traditions of an agricultural harvest fair. Events range from livestock shows, exhibition hall judging, and workshops on farming, organic gardening and energy efficiency to live music, contra dances and folk art shows!

We look forward to seeing you in Unity!



September 20, 2014

Audubon Society of NH, Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration

Date: Sat. Sep 20 9:00 am to Sat. Sep 20 8:00 pm
Venue: Newfound Lake Center
Address:
North Shore Road, , Hebron, NH, 03241
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Cost: $45/55

Please join us and the NH Audubon, as they celebrate 100 years of conservation and honor those who have helped us get to this point for future opportunities. This year’s annual meeting and gathering will be particularly special in celebrating a Centennial: 100 Years of Conservation.

The Audubon Society of New Hampshire was founded in 1914 as part of a movement to protect and restore migratory bird populations which were declining rapidly due to over-hunting for sport, food and fashion. For 100 years, New Hampshire Audubon (NHA) has built on that early mission, utilizing science based research and conservation, legislative efforts and public education to save critical habitat and threatened wildlife species.

Over the course of 2014, NHA will celebrate this centennial with a variety of programs,events, products and activities. This anniversary is an opportunity to highlight past accomplishments, engage former, current and future supporters and help build a strong foundation to launch the organization into the next 100 years.

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The NH Audubon is also honored to present, Keynote Speaker: Author and Naturalist, Scott Weidensaul

Scott Weidensaul has written more than two dozen books on natural history including Of a Feather, A Brief History of American Birding. This book traces the colorful origins of American birding and chronicles 400 years of bird observations to the current explosion of modern birding. Weidensaul is also an active field researcher focusing on the ecology of saw-whet owls. He is a bird bander and directs the ornithological programs for National Audubon’s Hog Island Center in Maine.

Scott will speak about the impact of birding history on birds and people and some of the future trends in bird conservation. He will also be co-leading the hawk migration field trip on Little Round Top in Bristol. He is a regular hawk counter at Hawk Mountain in his home state of Pennsylvania.

For more info and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.nhaudubon.org



September 21, 2014

People’s Climate March

Date: September 21, 2014
Venue: New York City
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peoples-climate-march Join us on Sunday, September 21st in New York City to stand up for climate change at the People’s Climate March.

World leaders are coming to NYC for a UN summit on climate crisis where UN Secretary General Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With the world watching, this is the best time to send a powerful message that we need a rapid transition to a cleaner and safer climate and economy for ourselves and our planet.

With the Sierra Club and 350.org as major sponsors, $30 round trip bus tickets (leaving Portland and likely making a stop in Portsmouth, NH) will be offered for attendees.  If you cannot attend the march but would like to participate, donations are being accepted to sponsor another attendee.

More information on bus transportation and how to sign up is available here: http://action.sierraclub.org/site/Calendar?id=174441&view=Detail

You can learn more about volunteer opportunities here: http://peoplesclimate.org/organizing/



National Drive Electric Week

Date: Sun. Sep 21 12:00 pm to Sun. Sep 21 5:00 pm
Venue: South Portland Community Center
Address:
21 Nelson Road, South Portland, 04106
Cost: Free

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Join ReVision Energy and the City of South Portland as they host the 2014 National Drive Electric Week! You will have the chance to learn about a wide variety of electric vehicles (and even test drive some!). They also plan to raffle a charging station for test drivers with a variety of other free gifts for attendees. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to register: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=140



September 24, 2014

Solar Energy for the Homeowner

Date: Wed. Sep 24 7:00 pm to Wed. Sep 24 9:00 pm
Venue: Lincolnville Community Library
Address:
208 Main Street, Lincolnville , ME
Cost: Free

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Join ReVision Energy’s John Luft for a one-hour presentation at the Lincolnville Community Library focusing on grid-tied solar electricity, solar hot water and how heat pump technology is changing Maine’s energy future. Learn how you as a homeowner can save money and the environment through solar power!
Q&A to follow – bring your CMP bill! Light refreshments will be served.



September 25, 2014

Maine USGBC’s Farm to Table Fundraiser

Date: Thu. Sep 25 5:30 pm to Thu. Sep 25 9:00 pm
Venue: The Salt Exchange
Address:
245 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine

f2t2014-emailPlease join us and the U.S. Green Building Council, Maine Chapter for a lovely, locally-sourced, fresh and seasonal meal at The Salt Exchange in Portland on the evening of Thursday, September 25. Reception with cash bar begins at 5:30 PM. Dinner will commence at 7:00 PM. There are two ticket options for this event: $60 for a four-course meal or $75 for a four-course meal plus beer and wine pairings! Accommodations can be made for most dietary restrictions.

For tickets or more information: http://www.maineusgbc.org/event/farm-to-table-feast-201/



September 27, 2014

Cycle for Sweetser, a Family Fun Ride

Date: Sat. Sep 27 9:00 am to Sat. Sep 27 1:00 pm
Venue: Eastern Trail
Address:
Saco, ME

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Join ReVision Energy at for a community bike ride with Sweetser on September 27th on the Eastern Trail in Saco, Maine!
The Eastern Trail runs alongside our Saco campus and makes for a perfect bike ride for families, community members, as well as biking enthusiasts. Post-race activities will include refreshments, apple cider pressing and tasting, farm tours, face painting and live music.

There will be three different distances to choose from: a 2 mile kid’s ride, 7 miles or 15 miles.

Proceeds raised from the ride directly benefit the programs and services Sweetser offers to children and families throughout Maine. The first 100 participants to sign-up will receive an Aroma Joe’s Coffee voucher and other cool freebies.

For more information or to register, click here: http://www.sweetser.org/bike-ride.php



October 1, 2014

October Green Eggs – Solar Energy Microgrids

Date: Wed. Oct 1 7:30 am to Wed. Oct 1 9:00 am
Venue: Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Education Center
Address:
20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, Maine
Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members

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Join us and the Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for their second session of the Green Eggs series titled, “Climate Change and the Built Environment.” This month they will be exploring the concept of microgrids with GridSolar’s Steve Hinchman. He will be addressing the group on Smartgrid and the Boothbay microgrid pilot project.

The Boothbay Region of CMP’s electric grid is a peninsula that is served by a single transition line. The growth of summer electric load in this region is now close to the point of exceeding the line’s capacity. CMP has indicated that is will cost $18 million to upgrade this line to increase its capacity to handle the few hours in any year when it is at risk. As an alternative, the GridSolar Boothbay Pilot Project involves the development, operation and control of up to 2,000 kW of distributed generation, energy conservation and demand response located in the Boothbay Region, resulting in a net load reduction which would avoid the need to rebuild the transmission line.

About Steve Hinchman:
Steve Hinchman, Esq., Director of Financing at ReVision Energy, has more than forty years of legal and public policy experience, including 8 years of environmental reporting with Colorado’s High Country News, a tenure with the Southwestern Colorado Resource Advisory Council, six years with the Conservation Law Foundation in Maine and General Counsel of GridSolar, LLC. A 2003 Graduate, Summa Cum Laude, of the Vermont Law School, Mr. Hinchman is admitted to the bar in Maine, the U.S. District Court of Maine, and the First and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and has participated in cases before the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Hinchman has also practiced before the Maine Board of Environmental Protection, the Land Use Regulatory Commission, the Maine Ethics Commission, and the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committees on Natural Resources and Energy and Utilities. At ReVision, Steven Hinchman will be utilize his legal and grant writing experience to secure financing solutions for solar energy projects throughout the Northeast.

For more information: http://www.maineusgbc.org/event/october-2014-solar-microgrids/



October 4, 2014

30th Annual Apple Harvest Day

Date: Sat. Oct 4 9:00 am to Sat. Oct 4 4:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Dover
Address:
Central Ave, Dover, NH, 03820
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Cost: Free!

Apple Harvest Day

Over the last 30 years, on the first Saturday of October, Dover has hosted Apple Harvest
Day.  Once a craft fair made up of 25 vendors that occupied one block of Central Avenue,
Apple Harvest Day has grown into a true street festival with five stages of entertainment spanning 8 city blocks, two food courts, children’s amusements, and featured over 350 crafters and vendors. Last year the crowd grew to over 60,000 visitors.

Be sure to keep an eye out for ReVision Energy’s, solar powered, Nissan LEAF parked along the route, and ask us how we do it!

If you’re inclined to get up extra early for the 6th Annual, Apple Harvest Day, 5K Road Race , it starts on River Street in Dover at 8:30am!

Details on how to register for the race, please visit: www.dovernh.org

 



Autumn Harvest Festival at the Farm at Eastman’s Corner!

Date: Sat. Oct 4 10:00 am to Sat. Oct 4 4:00 pm
Venue: The Farm at Eastman's Corner
Phone: 6033471909
Address:
267 South Road, Kensington, New Hampshire, 03833
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Cost: Free

Autumn Fest 2014- Eastman's

 

We’re happy to join our friends at the Farm at Eastman’s Corner this year for their Autumn Harvest
Festival. Just like the Farm Stand, it’s full of a whole bunch of goodness, including local businesses folks, live music, delicious food, and tractor rides and games for the kiddies.

This is sure to be fun for the whole family.  Stop by for lunch,  for a song,  for a treat,  or to sing along -

Just be sure to come!



Green Building Open House Tour 2014

Date: Sat. Oct 4 10:00 am to Sat. Oct 4 4:00 pm
Cost: Free

Join ReVision Energy in touring Maine and New Hampshire’s green homes during NESEA Green Building’s Open House!  This event allows you to visit a variety of homes with eco-friendly features, ranging from insulation improvements, to renewable heating systems and of course lots of solar. As in years past, many ReVision customers are on the tour and welcome you to visit their home between 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 4th!

Southern Maine

Sanford Solar Robin & Rob Sanford // 92 Mosher Road in Gorham, ME
This Gorham home has both solar hot water and solar electricity offsetting its energy loads. There are forty solar evacuated tubes heating the domestic hot water for this home. The tubes provide heat for a well insulated, German-made tank with backup coming from the existing oil boiler. The hot water collectors allow the boiler to remain off all summer long so these home owners don’t need to hear the boiler come on during the hot summer months! Also installed are twelve solar electric modules, each with its own micro-inverter. The micro-inverters are ideal for applications where shade might pose as an issue during different times of the day. Since this system is grid-tied with no batteries, excess electricity feeds back into the utility grid whenever the panels make more electricity than the home is able to use.

Roger Normand House Roger Normand // 18 Edgewater Lane in Saco, ME
This newly constructed home has been built to Passive House standard, a standard that builds 90% more energy efficient than U.S. code. There are only 200 or so homes currently in the United States built to this rigorous standard. Sited to perfect southern orientation and with views of the Saco River, the exterior has an additional 4″ EPS/Roxul insulation, factory built double stud exterior walls spaced 14″ apart, factory built roof trusses, with special attention to air sealing and thermal breaks. In addition, there is a 6 kilowatt solar electric system on the roof, which will provide enough energy for all of its consumption, making this a net zero home.

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Adam Troidl // 55 Intervale Road in Freeport, ME
With a LEED Silver accreditation, this passive solar home is net zero ready! It’s likely you will not find it with a GPS, so we recommend driving to 20 Litchfield Road in Freeport, take a left and continue straight into the Kelsey Brook development and  follow the circle until you find house #55. A representative from the US Green Building Council, Maine Chapter will be on site to help answer questions.

solar-home-falmouth-maineClaudia King // 160 Woodville Road in Falmouth, ME
The house was originally built in 1975, using passive solar features & a wide variety of salvaged materials, including posts & beams from a 1800′s mill building. Low indoor comfort, due to poor shell insulation & high air infiltration, led to a renovation project, a deep energy retrofit to drastically reduce energy needs, with Net Zero as the goal. The renovation project included new exterior rigid foam insulation, new windows, & new cladding, while reusing or keeping the original salvaged materials used when the house was built. There is a solar electric system producing over 7,000 kwhrs of clean electricity each year. The domestic hot water is provided by solar evacuated tubes with back up to the hot water coming from electricity. The primary heating is provided by low energy air source heat pumps, with supplemental heat coming from a wood stove. Deep eaves and slatted sunshades help prevent overheating in the summer, while allowing winter solar gain. Extensive use of LED lighting is expected to reduce the lighting load to about 1/3 that of a conventional home

Midcoast/Downeast Maine

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Homeowner, Steve Seekins with solar electric panels installed on his roof

Steve Seekins // 18 Tyler Lane in Clark Island, ME
Along the mid-coast sits an incredibly efficient and beautiful home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Clark Island, Maine. Along with a on-site wind turbine, this home uses insulated concrete form for the structure and the walls are well insulated, equivalent to R-40. The heat and domestic hot water comes from a 75kBtu Rinnai combination boiler with radiant heat on the first floor, garage floor and later for the planned enclosed porch. A Fujitsu mini-split heat pump to provides for additional heating and cooling on the second floor and also acts as a dehumidifier to help protect their library collection. Last winter, a 7.5 kilowatt solar electric system was installed, utilizing a SMA Sunny Boy inverter. The homeowner makes all the electricity they use with clean energy technology.

New Hampshire

Parker Solar HouseHeather Parker // 101 Mill Pond Way in Portsmouth, NH
This home’s design is based generally on the European passive house model. It is highly insulated, south facing and as air tight as possible. There is a heat recovery ventilation system which lets in fresh air while the solar hot water panels provide for the domestic hot water load and the solar electric panels provide close to 5,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. While most of the home is heated by the sun, stored in thermal mass of the concrete floor, there is a heat pump in the small apartment and the main house has a small propane fireplace. This incredibly energy efficient home utilizes sustainability in it’s yard as well. The yard is half vegetable, flower, butterfly shrubs and small fruit gardens.



October 12, 2014

Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival

Date: Sun. Oct 12 10:00 am to Mon. Oct 13 5:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Newburyport
Address:
Newburyport, MA
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Cost: Free

NBPT Fall Fest 2014

Join us at this event, held Sunday & Monday of  Columbus Day weekend, and enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport’s best restaurants!

Among the fun is scheduled kids entertainment (Sunday from 10:30-11:30am) and live music (Sunday and Monday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

This event also wouldn’t be the same without the 13th Annual Scarecrow Contest which is free, fun, & open to the public!

Entries by individuals, families, teams, schools, churches, clubs, organizations, and businesses are all welcome. The goal of this contest is to create a gallery of fun, inventive scarecrows throughout Market Square. Get creative!



October 16, 2014

Solar For the Homeowner

Date: Thu. Oct 16 6:00 pm to Thu. Oct 16 7:30 pm
Venue: Conway Public Library
Address:
15 East Main Street, Conway, NH, 03818
Cost: Free

Sanford Solar and Solar Hot WaterReVision Energy and the Mt. Washington Green Team are teaming up to show you how a solar hot water or solar electric system can work for you, the homeowner!
Join us at the Conway Public library to get answers to questions such as, how much do these systems cost, what can I expect for my return on investment, what are the available incentives for solar energy systems and how do they perform in our Northeast climate? See examples of homeowners in your community who are saving with solar and learn about our exclusive Own Your Power solar financing program!



November 6, 2014

A Presentation on Local Action, Conservation, and Solar Energy

Date: Thu. Nov 6 6:30 pm to Thu. Nov 6 8:00 pm
Venue: Minot Sleep Public Library
Phone: (603) 744-3352
Address:
35 Pleasant Street, Bristol, 03222
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Cost: Free

 

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Have you thought about solar hot water or solar electricity for your home or business? Well, this is a great place to begin!

Join us and the NLRA in hosting a Library Talk to detail everything you need to know to get started. This presentation is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring all your questions!

How much will a system cost?
Is my home or business a good site for solar?
How reliable are these systems?
What incentives are currently available?
What can I expect for a return on my investment?

Learn what thousands of New Englanders already know –
that solar systems are an affordable, reliable, and sensible investment!