Born in Portland and raised in Jefferson, Jen is a seventh-generation Mainer! A love of the environment started early with her first job harvesting vegetables at an organic farm in Jefferson and selling them at a small farm market in Round Pond. Jen is a graduate of High Mowing School in Wilton, NH, a Waldorf boarding high school, and Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. She has been part of the Liberty team since 2009.
Jen enjoys sailing aboard her 35' cutter Sea Pea, growing flowers, hosting Friday night homemade pizza dinners, and watching BBC dramas/miniseries. Bliss is a glass of wine and a good book, or outdoor pursuits such as a morning kayak on Damariscotta Lake or exploring the many paths and preserves in mid-coast Maine. She's been married to ReVision engineer Hans Albee since 2007 and hopes to one day travel to Norway and Ireland. They live with their son Turner in Brooks, ME.
In 2010, Jen and Hans installed a 40-evacuated tube solar hot water system to supplement their home's Rinnai on-demand propane hot water heater. Electricity is provided by an 11 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric array with a Pika Energy inverter and Coral Smart Battery storage. A Mitsubishi air sourced heat pump provides shoulder season heating (and cooling!) to supplement firewood. Energy efficiency upgrades such as attic, basement, and exterior wall air sealing and insulation improvements allow wood and solar electricity to provide all heating needs as the house enters its second century. An all-electric 2015 Nissan Leaf is used for all local driving to minimize fossil fuel use.