2 years · 24 towns · 370 new solar homes · 2.2 MW renewable energy
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.
Our third and final round of Solarize campaigns wrapped up in late 2015 with great results:
- Solarize Chelsea-Tunbridge: 9 solar contracts, 69.5 kW
- Solarize Makes $en$e (Brownsville-Cavendish-Reading-Weathersfield-Windsor): 18 solar contracts, 108 kW
- Solarize Lebanon-Enfield: 42 solar contracts, 314 kW
Our report on the results of the two-year Solarize Upper Valley effort will be out in early 2016— sign up for email updates to stay in the loop.
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Energy Program Manager
— 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 Fleishman. Sarah holds a joint degree in architecture and environmental studies from Middlebury College.