Vital Communities is teaming 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 one of our current Solarize Communities? Click on your community and get involved today:

181 homes went solar last fall and winter through Round Two of Solarize Upper Valley. Combined with the 120 homes that went solar in Round One communities, together we’ve added more than 1.7 megawatts of new solar power to the region – reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1,487 metric tons, equivalent to taking 313 cars off the road! Click here to read more.

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How Solarize Works
How Solarize Works
  1. Schedule a free site visit.
  2. Get your Solarize price quote.
  3. Sign a contract before the deadline.
  4. Install your new solar system.
  5. Tell your neighbors and save on solar together.

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Solarize Communities

Learn what towns have gone solar and how to help your town get involved.

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

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Solarize Updates

Let us keep you in the loop about Solarize in your community and across the region.

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  1. Schedule a free site visit.
  2. Get your Solarize price quote.
  3. Sign a contract with your installer.
  4. Install your new solar system.
  5. Tell your neighbors and save on solar together.


September  2015

Vital Communities Program News

Allison Rogers Furbish

Communications Manager and Energy Program Assistant


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— 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.