Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region, N.H. — A team of Andover, New London and Wilmot residents this fall will undertake an effort to double the number of solar-electric (or photovoltaic) residential and small-business installations in their towns. The project, called Kearsarge Solarize Andover/New London/Wilmot, is part of a larger Solarize Upper Valley effort coordinated by local nonprofit Vital Communities.
Residents in the three towns are encouraged to learn more at the project’s launch event on Saturday, October 18, at 10 a.m. in Colby-Sawyer College’s Clements Hall (part of the Ivey Science Center), in New London.
Round One of Solarize Upper Valley yielded 120 new solar homes in five towns in the region. In Round Two, the Andover/New London/Wilmot team will launch a 15-week campaign (running mid-October through the end of January) to help residents and small businesses in their towns go solar. They join seven other towns across the Upper Valley in both New Hampshire and Vermont that are Solarizing this fall.
Asked why Vital Communities is behind the project, Sarah Simonds, its energy and transportation manager, replies: “We’re committed to moving our region toward energy independence. With growth in solar technology finally leveling out, and incentives available at the state and federal level, now is the perfect time for New Hampshire residents to be looking into solar.”
Team leaders for the Kearsarge Solarize project are retirees Larry and Susan Chase of Andover, Colby Sawyer professor Bill Spear of New London and New Hampshire State Representative Tom Schamberg of Wilmot. Both the Andover Energy Group and the New London Energy Committee are also behind the effort.
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