10th LEAP ENERGY FAIR
Saturday, April 9, 2016
9 AM – 3 PM Event is FREE
Crossett Brook Middle School Gym, Duxbury, VT (5672 VT Route 100)
TOUR 75 exhibits and talk with dozens of experts about solar power, heat pumps, weatherization, energy audits, geothermal, biomass, pellet stoves, electric vehicles, and much more
LEARN how to reduce fuel bills, save energy and shrink emissions
PARTICIPATE in break-out discussions on: Sustainable Transportation; Air & Ground Source Heat Pumps; Going Solar; and Weatherization.
KIDS can enjoy a free show by Marko the Magician at 11AM
FREE electronics recycling onsite
Hosted by the volunteers of Waterbury LEAP. Visit www.waterburyleap.org for more details.
If your interest in solar is due at least in part to concern about the Earth’s climate, heads up for an interesting looking seminar:
SAVE THE DATE
changing climate, changing minds seminar
Friday, April 8th – Saturday, April 9th
CENTRAL VERMONT COMMUNITY SOLAR FORUM
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21
12:30 – 4:00 PM
Vermont Technical College SHAPE Campus Center (Google Maps)
Randolph Center, Vermont
Town energy committees from central Vermont are invited to learn about and discuss solar power development, siting problems and solar project types. The forum will focus on how to best expand solar electrical generation in the region on a community scale. Solar power is coming, but not every project is right for every site.
Town officials dealing with big solar siting issues will share their experiences. Community solar activists, solar developers, solar technical and legal experts and the Vermont Public Service Board will present information at this forum.
A panel discussion of solar development and community solar models moderated by Bob Walker will allow committee members to get questions answered by experts.
The forum is hosted by Randolph Energy Committee and Vermont Technical College.
For more information call 802-477-3189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for some fresh veggies to go with your solar? Drop by the Hartland Farmers’ Market this afternoon, Friday, November 20, 2015 from 4 – 7 pm. We’ll be there providing information on the Community Solar Park and PV Tracker, and can answer questions about the solar landscape going forward now that Green Mountain Power has hit its legal cap for net metering.
Location: Damon Hall, Hartland VT. (See in Google Maps.)
Websites are great, but if you’d prefer to meet us in person and ask questions directly, please join us at one of our next information events. We will be answering solar-related questions large and small—and providing homemade soup!—at the following times and places. We’ll be emphasizing the Community Solar Parks (currently under construction) which allow customers of Green Mountain Power to go solar with PV Trackers that are hosted on our Solar Park land. If you are interested in possibly having a Tracker installed on your own property, that’s great too. We can explain how that works and how to determine if your property has suitable conditions for solar.
- Wednesday, October 21, 7 pm
Tracy Hall, 300 Main St, Norwich VT
Multipurpose meeting room (downstairs)
- Monday, October 26, 7 pm
Upper Valley Food Coop, 193 North Main St, White River Junction VT
Community meeting room (entrance around back of store)
Do you prefer to learn about topics with live conversation instead of by browsing the internet? We are offering several public presentations/Q&A sessions over the coming weeks. Please join us, and bring all your questions.
Refreshments served at all events.
- Thursday 10/15, 7 pm
Latham Library, Thetford VT
- Monday 10/19, 7 pm
Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro VT
Public meeting room
- Monday 10/26, 7 pm
Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction VT
Upstairs meeting room (entrance around back)
We are in the process of scheduling additional events. To be sure to find one that fits your location and schedule, give us a call at 802-649-3700 or send an email. Even better, call or email to have your own conversation whenever is convenient for you. We are happy to discuss all things solar over the phone or by email or in person with a free home visit.
Solarize Norwich 2015 is nearing the end of the sign-up period. For Norwich residents and businesses, this is an excellent time to go solar. Here are a few reasons:
- The Federal 30% tax credit for solar will expire (for residential solar) or become much smaller (for business solar) at the end of next year. That means that next year there will be a rush of households and businesses trying to get in before the deadline. For someone who procrastinates until late next summer or after, we won’t be able to guarantee a complete installation before January 1, 2017, meaning no luck for those folks. Go solar this year and you won’t have to lose any sleep wondering about the tax credit. (Plus you’ll be one year ahead on saving on your electric bill!)
- Currently, net metering with Green Mountain Power includes 10 years of the “solar adder.” This is bonus credit on your bill for solar production, so that each kWh that your Tracker produces is worth 20 cents of savings, vs. 15 cents of cost when you get one from the utility. The solar adder is now 5.3 cents per kWh. If you go solar now, you’ll lock in that adder for the next 10 years. If you wait, the adder might shrink or possibly go away entirely. (Last year it was 6 cents per kWh, so the trend is clear.)
- We know that many Norwich residents and businesses will eventually go solar, and many of them will do so this year. By signing up during the Solarize Norwich program, each new solar home/business helps itself and all the others to receive Solarize Norwich discounts. For each 8 Trackers we sell during the Solarize program, every one of the Trackers is discounted by $200. (So: 8+ total sales, $200 off of each; 16+ total sales, $400 off of each; and so on up to a maximum discount of $1,000 off of each.) The savings for any one family may not be huge, but collectively that can add up to many thousands of dollars of savings throughout the community.
- Global warming. Enough said.
If you’d like to learn more, we are holding an information session tonight, Tuesday July 7, 2015, in the Tracy Hall multi-purpose meeting room at 7:45 pm. See you there!
We will be at Dan & Whit’s soft serve on
Tuesday, June 9, Wednesday, June 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Come join us to learn about the Solaflect PV Tracker and get a free soft serve while you are at it. This is part of the Solarize Norwich program organized by the Norwich Energy Committee. The more Norwich households that go solar by July 15th, the lower the cost for all. Solaflect customers could save as much as $1,000 per tracker. Don’t dilly dally!