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Solar Road Tour: Episode 2 – Melissa Coleman Talks LEED, Freeport Libary

Friday, August 19th, 2011

In the second installment of our new series The Solar Road Tour, Fred continues his adventures in Freeport, meeting with Beth Edmonds of the Freeport Public Library and Melissa Coleman, author of the new memoir This Life is in Your Hands who lives in a LEED Platinum home.

We continue on the road for our next show on September 2nd, when we’ll be visiting the net-zero apartment building of Paul Ledman in Portland, Maine.

Solar Road Tour: Episode 1 – Solar Powered Brew at Gritty’s, Hot Hot Water at LL Bean

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Fred Greenhalgh from ReVision has been out and about touring solar energy systems up and down the Maine and NH coasts, talking to people about solar and showcasing how they work. The result? A new web video series called The Solar Road Tour.

In Episode 1, we make it up to beautiful Freeport, Maine on a day of unlimited sunshine to see the solar atop Gritty McDuff’s and LL Bean.

Stay tuned for Episode 2, due out on August 19, where we visit the Freeport Library to see how they’re educating the public about energy efficiency, and tour the LEED Platinum home of author Melissa Coleman. Solar Road Tour is an ongoing series and we plan to have two short videos a month from now until the end of the year.

Melissa Coleman Launches the “Bright Minded Home”

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Melissa Coleman, a freelance writer who lives in the Platinum LEED-rated Cranberry Ridge Home, has launched a new blog called the Bright Minded Home.  The blog, which has a companion column in Maine Home + Design magazine, offers an investigation into the art of creating healthy, beautiful, and energy efficient homes.

For a taste of what the  blog and column will feature, here’s a selection of an interview between Melissa and Keith Collins, the owner of the BrightBuilt Barn in Rockport, Maine:

Q: What’s been the most successful component of the building?
A: Some people imagine you need a PhD to live in an energy-efficient, solar home. In fact, we’ve had zero problems with the solar photovoltaic (PV) and thermal hot water systems, and are putting about 5,000 kilowatt hours of solar electricity back into the grid each year.

More at:

About Cranberry Ridge

Freeport, Maine - Combo Solar Hot Water and Solar Power
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We love a green building column being written by someone living in a green building – talk about an inside perspective!

Cranberry Ridge was the fourth home in the country to receive Platinum LEED designation and the first in the Northeast. Located near Wolfe’s Neck State Park in Freeport, Maine, it features solar PV and thermal, radiant heat flooring and passive solar siting.

ReVision installed the 2.4kw grid-tied solar electric system, which saves the home over $500 worth of electric bills each year, and a 90 tube Apricus solar hot water system, which produces over 24,000,000 BTUs each year (offsetting over 3 tons of C02 emissions).

2009 statistics of the home’s performance are available at:

If you like Melissa’s writing, be sure to keep a look out for her upcoming memoir about growing up during the 1970s back-to-the-land movement, This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone.  It will be published by HarperCollins on April 12, 2011.