Resilience Webinar Series
Our Resilience webinar series focuses on how we can become more self-reliant in our homes and thereby make our communities more resilient in the face of health and environmental threats. Today’s robust solar technology, combined with efficient electric appliances and simple lifestyle changes, help maximize community resilience. Tune in to learn about a range of proven strategies!
Full archive of webinar events below!
Community Solar Farms in Maine – with A Climate to Thrive
Wednesday, August 26th, 11am-12pm
Our renewed Community Solar Farm (CSF) initiative is off to a great start, as we have filled the first farm and are looking ahead to the next. We’re excited to share that our next CSF will not only be our largest solar farm yet, with likely over 100 members, but will be the first located in Versant (formerly Emera) utility territory. The site currently under development is located at the Eastern Maine Recycling center on Mount Desert Island, so for this webinar we are partnering with MDI-based A Climate to Thrive. We’ll be discussing the logistics of community solar, how it works for Mainers, and taking your questions live.
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/93715609807
Virtual Solar Home Tour
Thursday, August 27th, 1-2pm
“I don’t have a fuel bill. Not for my house or my cars. I’m a Mainer – I like to be self-sufficient. For me, solar is a no brainer – I only wish I could have done it sooner.” –Bob Morrison (full profile here)
Bob and Bonnie’s home in Norridgewock, ME is a perfect example of how to majorly reduce your carbon footprint and simultaneously lower your utility bills. They have EV charging, air source heat pumps, and a heat pump water heater, all powered by their pole-mount solar electric array, so the energy from the sun provides their heating, cooling, and hot water! Join us for this lunchtime Q+A to hear about their solar journey, get a tour of their home, and find out how you can save money and reduce carbon emissions by switching to the all-electric household model.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/91963023839
Previous Resilience Webinars
Solar for Self-Reliance
Learn how you can harness the sun to power your home, ‘fuel’ an electric car and store energy in a battery for night time and grid outages. Reliable, modern clean technology like solar panels, heat pumps and batteries provide the ultimate resiliency package while reducing carbon pollution and our societal need to import dirty fossil fuels from away. ReVision Energy’s Jeff Cantara, a farmer and one of the most knowledgeable solar professionals in our region, discusses how people are making the cost-effective switch to solar combined with air source heat pumps for heating and cooling their homes. He also covers battery storage for backup power, and charging an electric car with solar to eliminate gasoline (50% of carbon pollution comes from tailpipe emissions).
Battery Storage & Tesla Powerwall
ReVision’s Malcolm Sonnett, one of the most knowledgeable solar + battery experts in our region, presents on how homes can combine battery storage with solar electricity to harness our abundant solar resource and still be able to power themselves when the sun isn’t shining and/or when the grid goes down.
Small Business Resilience
Commercial solar is not limited to corporate giants – installation prices have dropped dramatically over the last decade, and small businesses can invest in cost-effective solar installations that deliver a strong economic and environmental return on investment. ReVision’s Joe Pagano presents on how small businesses can insulate themselves from steadily rising electric rates with solar electricity.
Solar Open House
Friday, April 17th, 11am-12pm
Our first-ever Virtual Open House! Solar Champion Dana Ward will discuss how he’s been able to drastically reduce his utility bills as well as his carbon footprint by transitioning his home to clean energy technology. On this virtual tour we’ll visit Dana’s air source heat pump, heat pump water heater, and solar electric system. Join us to hear about Dana’s journey to the solar lifestyle, and for a Live Q&A.
Battery Storage & Grid Resilience
Battery storage is regarded as the ‘holy grail’ of renewable energy independence and resilience because the combination of solar + battery can provide 24/7 household power, even when the utility grid is knocked out for days. Please join us to learn why batteries are the fastest-growing renewable energy technology, and hear how homeowners throughout northern New England are achieving energy independence through modern, cost-effective equipment like the Tesla Powerwall.
Our speaker is Hans Albee, one of the most knowledgeable battery storage experts on the east coast and a graduate of Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering. Hans is a licensed Professional Engineer who has designed and installed hundreds of residential and light commercial battery systems in northern New England, in addition to more than a thousand grid-tied and off-grid solar energy systems. He looks forward to taking your questions during our live Q&A webinar!
Solar-Powered Hand Sanitizer
Split Rock Distilling has been making organic spirits in Newcastle, Maine with solar energy for the past two years, producing craft whiskey, vodka, gin, and bourbon with clean power from their 36 rooftop solar panels. To help their community through the COVID-19 crisis, and to diversify their product line, Split Rock has pivoted almost overnight to making medical-grade hand sanitizer! Their re-purposed production space is now creating an 80% alcohol antiseptic solution for hospitals and medical workers, thanks to the quick thinking and action of co-founder Topher Mallory, who is also the CEO of solar-powered clothing retailer Mexicali Blues. Please join us for a conversation between Topher and ReVision Energy co-founder Phil Coupe regarding Maine’s abundant solar resource and how resilient small businesses are achieving long-term economic and environmental sustainability through innovation, energy efficiency and renewables.
A little more about Split Rock: housed in a barn with super-efficient heat pumps, LED lighting, and an EV charging station, Split Rock is saving money ($50,000 estimated utility savings!) and showcasing the company’s commitment to doing things the right way for their community and business. Topher Mallory has seen firsthand the economic benefits and overwhelmingly positive customer responses to their decisions to go solar and reduce their carbon footprint. Zoom in with us at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8th to learn more about innovative Mainers like Topher who are building community resilience on multiple levels.
Electrified Garage Chat
Electrified Garage in Seabrook, NH is the world’s first “electric only” vehicle service business in the world, started by two former Tesla mechanics and a wildly popular YouTube electric conversion specialist named Rich Benoit (‘Rich Rebuilds’ online). Join Electrified Garage co-founder Chris Salvo and ReVision Energy co-founder Phil Coupe for an in-depth look at Electrified Garage, electric vehicles in general, Tesla, and the electric vehicle scene in the Northeast. Electrified Garage is an independent service and repair facility for Tesla and other electric vehicles, and they’ve quickly established themselves as one of the premiere service facilities in the country. Electric vehicles offer a unique trifecta of benefits: lowering your carbon footprint, saving money, and achieving energy independence. Chris Salvo will share his experience from the last 14 years of servicing Tesla models, and Phil Coupe will discuss the environmental and economic benefits of powering your EV with solar energy. Join us for a live Q+A and get all of your electric vehicle questions answered!
Beneficial Electrification of Your House – PassivHaus & Net-Zero
Every household can get close to Net-Zero carbon emissions by reducing energy needs and switching to solar energy combined with hyper efficient electric appliances like heat pumps, battery storage, and electric vehicles. Because our panelists have retrofitted older homes, and have decades of experience designing and building new low-to-zero emission homes in a relatively harsh northern New England climate, they know how challenging it is.
Join Thomas Tutor of ReVision Energy and passivhausMaine representative Chris Briley of BRIBURN Architects for our educational webinar on Passive House standards and the economic and environmental benefits of beneficial electrification. We’ll discuss what it means to be passivhaus certified – how you can achieve it in your own home, what modern, cost-effective technologies are available, and why we’re seeing efficiency trends move in this direction. Join us for this live Q+A and learn how you can achieve the Net-Zero lifestyle to reduce your energy bills and carbon footprint.
Maine Community Solar Farms
We just re-opened community solar farm shares for Mainers! Community solar farms (CSFs, or, solar gardens) make going solar possible for those who want clean energy but don’t have the ability to put it on their own roof or yard. ReVision Energy provides an ownership model of community solar, meaning, each participant in one of our solar farms actually owns a share of solar in one of the community projects, rather than participating as a subscription-holder. In this webinar, ReVision Energy co-founder Fortunat Mueller will be discussing CSFs with Solar Designer Chris Jones to dig into what this means for Mainers.
REAP Grants for Solar – with Andy’s Agway
The solar array at Andy’s Agway feed store is going to reduce utility costs by more than $90,000 over the expected useful lifespan of the solar panels. Owners Val and Andy Cole had ReVision install a 24 kW solar array on their store in Dayton, Maine that sells everything from livestock feed to gardening supplies and plants. Their array offsets roughly 30,000 pounds of carbon annually, and saves them about $2,700 a year in electricity costs. While the original payback period was expected to be about 7 years, with the help of a federal grant from the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), it will be less than five years. Val Cole will be joined by ReVision Energy’s Nick Sampson as they discuss the solar journey at Andy’s Agway. ReVision Energy has helped multiple small Maine businesses win REAP grants, including Shawnee Peak, FEDCO Seeds, and McDougal Orchards. Nick will answer questions about the REAP grant application process and will explain other incentives and financing plans available for small businesses and homes to go solar. Join us May 29th for a live Q+A and learn more about how Maine’s abundant solar resource makes it easy for small businesses to save money and reduce carbon pollution.
Solar House Tour
Solar Champion Nancy Vawter is powering her Dover, NH home with clean solar technology, and she’s going to take us on a tour of her house! Nancy will discuss how she’s been able to drastically reduce her utility bills as well as her carbon footprint by transitioning her home to clean energy technology. On this virtual tour we’ll visit Nancy’s air source heat pumps and solar electric system. Join us to hear about Nancy’s journey to the solar lifestyle, and a Live Q&A.
Living Building Challenge – The Ecology School
Friday, June 12th, 11am-12pm
The Ecology School, a non-profit environmental education program in southern Maine, is transitioning to a new home at River Bend Farm, a historic 105-acre farm on the Saco River. The project will be built to the specifications of The Living Building Challenge, a green building certification program and sustainable design framework. The Living Building Challenge is also considered the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings, taking into account the impact buildings have on the environment and the health of the community. At The Ecology School, the focus is in the relationships that all living organisms have with one another and with the shared environment. Come learn more about the sustainable features of River Bend Farm and how they plan to use these features as tools for learning. 718 solar panels will be placed over the south facing field and throughout the orchards. These panels will produce 330,000 kwH per year, which is equivalent to removing 49.5 cars from the road each year, 257,000 pounds of coal burned, or 29,700,000 smart phones charged. Join ReVision Energy’s Solar Designer Joe Pagano and The Ecology School’s Alex Grindle and Drew Dumsch for this webinar.
The All-Electric Household Virtual Tour
Thursday, June 25th, 6-7pm
Shawn and Alix’s home in Dover, NH is a perfect example of how to majorly reduce your carbon footprint and simultaneously lower your utility bills. They have air source heat pumps and a heat pump water heater, all powered by their rooftop solar system, so the energy from the sun provides their heating, cooling, and hot water! Join us for this evening Q+A to hear about their solar journey, get a tour of their home, and find out how you can save money and reduce carbon emissions by switching to the all-electric household model.
Electric Vehicles 101 with Plug-In America
Tuesday, June 30th, 1-2pm
Join Joel Levin, Executive Director of Plug-In America, and Barry Woods, Director of EV Innovation at ReVision Energy for a discussion on the state of the Electric Vehicle in New England. Transportation is responsible for over half of New England’s carbon emissions. Electric vehicles offer a unique trifecta of benefits: lowering your carbon footprint, saving money, and achieving energy independence. If you’ve ever considered driving an EV, you won’t want to miss this. We’ll discuss the various types of EVs, charging stations, and how you can drive on solar energy!