Installers place panels on a rooftop array for Claremont MakerSpace in NH

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Creative Nonprofit Makes Space for Solar

At the Claremont MakerSpace, local artisans and craftspeople of New Hampshire’s Upper Valley turn their creative ideas into reality. Meanwhile, on the rooftop above, a new 57.9 kilowatt solar array is now turning sunshine into clean, local electricity. Renovated from the Sawtooth Mill building known for its 3 sharply peaked roofs, the space is ideal… Read more

December 2, 2020

guest contributor Lawrence Early

BIPOC Voices

Renewable Energy and Racial Justice: How the Advent of Renewable Energy Rebuilds BIPOC communities and their Relationships to land

This month’s contributor is Lawrence Stephen Early IV (he/him/his). Lawrence is a queer, black, and disabled engineer who centers his work on sustainability, mental health, justice, systemic inequality, and improving life for all living beings. During his time as an undergraduate, he focused primarily on global energy infrastructure and water security, along with studying and shifting sustainability… Read more

November 12, 2020

Machias Saving's Bank rootop solar array overlooks Main St in Machias, ME.

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Local Bank Invests in Solar to Move Maine Forward

Machias Savings Bank is helping to “Move Maine Forward” again with a 53.25 kilowatt solar array on the roof of their new Operations Center in Machias, Maine. “Our hope is that as more businesses and individuals become aware of the benefits of solar energy, we’ll be able to show them first-hand what to expect from… Read more

November 5, 2020

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Electric Vehicle Charging Update

The transportation sector is responsible for the majority of carbon emissions in New England, and switching away from fossil fuels in our daily driving will make a huge impact as we battle the ongoing climate crisis. Plug In Electric Vehicles (“EVs”) are becoming more accessible — dropping in price as their battery capacity increases useable… Read more

November 2, 2020

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Bellavance Beverage Toasts Largest Rooftop Solar Array in NH

A leading New Hampshire beer distributor, Bellavance Beverage Co., will soon be powered by 3,088 solar panels, the largest rooftop solar array in New Hampshire. The 1.16 MW system will offset more than 100% of the company’s annual electricity needs while cutting costs and carbon pollution. The family-run Bellavance Beverage Co. toasted the solar installation with a socially-distanced “Solar Oktoberfest” celebration, featuring traditional German fare along with tours of the 115,000 square-foot solar roof overlooking Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The array is projected to generate… Read more

October 26, 2020