Over the past two years, Vital Communities has teamed up with communities and solar installers across the Upper Valley to help residents and small businesses go solar. Our goal: Ramp up adoption of solar across the Upper Valley. Click here to read more.

Do you live in Lebanon or Enfield? The deadline for Solarize Lebanon-Enfield is October 31—there\’s still time to sign up for a free site visit!

Solarize Chelsea-Tunbridge and Solarize Makes $en$e (Brownsville-Cavendish-Reading-Weathersfield-Windsor) wrapped up their campaigns on September 30 with 27 homeowners ready to go solar, adding 177 kilowatts of renewable energy to the grid.

We\’ll announce the final results of Solarize Upper Valley Round Three in November. We\’ll also publish a report on the results of the two-year Solarize Upper Valley effort — sign up for email updates to stay in the loop, and click here to read our Round Two Report.

Solarize Toolkit

We’ve created a comprehensive online toolkit with timelines, templates, and examples to help any community plan a successful solar campaign.

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Solarize Toolkit

A comprehensive guide with timelines, templates, and examples to help any community Solarize.

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Resources and FAQ

Resources to help you go solar, whether or not you live in a Solarize community.

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Allison Rogers Furbish

Communications Manager and Energy Program Assistant


 802.291.9100 x 114


— Allison Rogers Furbish, Communications Manager and Energy Program Assistant

Allison Rogers Furbish joined Vital Communities after a decade-long career in local journalism and public relations in the Upper Valley. A native of Lebanon, N.H., she has a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, an MBA in Sustainable Business from Green Mountain College, and a passion for telling stories that help make the community more sustainable and vibrant. She was the Founding Editor of The Lebanon Times, a hyperlocal newspaper launched in 2013 to cover the “good people, good places, and good things happening” in the city. She lives in Canaan, N.H., where she enjoys the sights and sounds of nature, explores the local trails and waterways, and is slowly learning to garden with her husband and two children. Outside of work, she loves to bake, eat, read, hike, ride her bike on the Northern Rail Trail (with kids in tow!), and spend time with her family.

Sarah Simonds

Energy Program Manager


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— Sarah Simonds, Energy Program Manager

Sarah Simonds joined Vital Communities in 2013 as our Energy Program Manager. Through her work Sarah provides support for our region’s 35+ local energy committees and 20+ businesses engaged in Vital Communities’ Corporate Energy Work Group. In 2014, Sarah led the launch of Solarize Upper Valley, a program that has since engaged 23 towns in helping hundreds of Upper Valley homes switch to solar energy. Prior to joining the Vital Communities team, Sarah was an Environmental Philanthropy Associate with the High Meadows Fund, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. At High Meadows, Sarah led the development of a statewide network of transportation efficiency stakeholders. Years later, the Vermont Transportation Stakeholders Network is now supported by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and coordinated by Vital Communities’ own Bethany Fleishmann. Sarah holds a joint degree in architecture and environmental studies from Middlebury College.