Peak Demand Drives the Grid

I participated in a panel discussion on net-metering the other day at Colby Sawyer. The panel consisted of Richard Lebreque from Eversource Utilities, Representative Lee Oxenham from Plainfield, and me (solar installer).

Net-metering is what allows home-owners to “sell” extra solar energy to the grid (usually as credits) and then get it back at night or even through the winter if enough is saved from the summer. (See Net-Metering: Past Present and Future for background)

Net Metering; Past, Present, and Future

Up until about 2 weeks ago customers of Liberty Utilities, who wished to install a solar PV system, were allowed to “net-meter” their production.  Net metering is a policy that allows homeowners to receive credits for excess power generation that can be used to offset electric energy provided by the utility during a billing period, typically one month.

Solarizing Close to Home

We are very excited here at Energy Emporium to have won the bid to Solarize Lebanon and Enfield!

This is our home town and we want to work with our neighbors and friends to provide information, installations, and on-going maintenance for those who are ready to take those steps. We have been working with the Solarize Hanover program over the last 6 months and are very excited to add Enfield and Lebanon to this program!

Vital Communities – Solarize the Upper Valley

Vital Communities, Solarize Upper Valley has been helping home owners and businesses solarize.  Their goal is to increase the use of photovoltaic (PV) across our region.  They negotiated rates and award contracts to solar installers for the best possible outcome for the homeowner or business. Round One resulted in120 homes go solar and generated 640 kilowatts of power for the upper valley reducing carbon emissions by 552 metric tons. 

Off-Grid Workshop

We had a great get together of homeowners living off-grid and others who might want to some day.

Five people shared their experiences living off-grid or preparing to live off-grid. Here are some notes I took on their experiences: