The White Mountain School and the Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team are joining forces to host an informative forum exploring the increasing use of solar energy systems in our region and offering the latest information on current solar energy technologies and incentives.
The theme of this year’s event is “Let the SUN do the work!” The 2014 Ammonoosuc Regional Solar Forum will be held at The White Mountain School on Wednesday, November 12th from 8am – 12:30pm. The Forum is free and open to the public. A complimentary lunch and informal networking event will follow the session.
According to a recent 2014 report from the Frontier Group and Environment America, “the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the United States has increased more than 120-fold, from 97 megawatts in 2003 to more than 12,000 megawatts at the end of 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, solar energy accounted for 74 percent of all the new electric generation capacity installed in the United States. The cost of solar energy is declining, and each year tens of thousands more Americans begin to reap the benefits of clean energy from the sun.” New Hampshire ranked 29th for installed solar per capita in the report.
The Ammonoosuc Regional Solar Forum will examine the technologies, policies and incentives now in place in New Hampshire that are contributing to greater solar adoption. Speakers will include residents who have installed solar in their homes, institutions and builders who have reduced energy costs with solar, and experienced solar installers. In addition, an expert from the NH Sustainable Energy Association will cover the latest information on programs like community net metering and other solar incentives. A highlight of the Forum will be a tour of the existing and proposed solar implementations at The White Mountain School.
“At the White Mountain School, sustainability is an important pillar in the education of our students,” said Elizabeth Aldrich, Sustainability Studies Department Chair. “We practice what we teach, and so we are especially proud of our investment in renewable energy systems like solar and biomass. We look forward to sharing our experiences with the Forum participants.”
“One goal of Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team is to spread the word about the successes and learning experiences of the people in our region who are saving money and reducing their environmental impacts by using renewable energy, ” said David Van Houten, President. “We are thankful for the support of The White Mountain School and all our presenters, and we are anticipating a well-attended and highly