Upcoming Events

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
20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, Maine
Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members

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
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
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.

 green home freeport maine

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

Steve Seekins with his solar roof

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 8, 2014

October Green Eggs – Commercial Wood Heating & Finance Options

Date: Wed. Oct 8 7:30 am to Wed. Oct 8 9:00 am
104 Portsmouth Avenue, Stratham, NH


Warm up this fall at the NHSPCA for a tour and discussion about wood heating options for commercial and institutional buildings. Heating with wood can cost 50-60% less than with oil or propane, according to data from the NH Office of Energy and Planning. Charlie Niebling will help explain how the New Hampshire Wood Energy Council can provide advice and direct financial assistance to building officials considering wood as an affordable alternative to expensive and non-renewable heating fuels.

About the Presenter:
Charlie Niebling is a consultant with Innovative Natural Resource Solutions. Previously he has served as general manager of New England a Wood Pellet, Vice President of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, and Executive Director of the NH Timberland Owners Assn. He has forestry degrees from UVM and Penn State.

About Green Eggs and To Register:
Green Eggs is the Chapter’s monthly breakfast forum featuring a speaker and topic relevant to green building. October’s meeting will feature networking and breakfast from 7:30 – 8:00 am followed by a presentation, Q&A & tour. Attendance is limited and pre-registration with payment is suggested. Attendance is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

October 12, 2014

Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival

Date: Sun. Oct 12 10:00 am to Mon. Oct 13 5:00 pm
Venue: Downtown Newburyport
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
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
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!