BUTTON-UP Workshop Tuesday, Nov. 19th

Join your neighbors for a free BUTTON-UP home weatherization workshop at the Kilton Library on Main St., West Lebanon on Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 6:00-8:30pm. Participants will learn how to undertake basic air-sealing, insulation and conservation measures to reduce fuel and electricity consumption.

6:00-6:30  Registration and refreshments
6:30-8:15  Residential BUTTON-UP Workshop
8:15-8:30  Tour Kilton Library to learn about its energy-efficient systems and design
Registration is encouraged but not required.
To register, go to buttonuplebanon.eventbrite.com
For more information, email zak@plymouthenergy.org
or call 603 536-5030 Lorraine Kelly, LEAC
This event is co-sponsored by the Lebanon Energy Advisory Council (LEAC). Venue provided by the Kilton Library and refreshments provided by the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative. Funding for Button Up Lebanon provided by Liberty Utilities.

Solarize Community Info Session Nov 12

What: Information session for communities interested in participating in (or simply learning more about) Solarize Upper Valley.

When: November 12th, 2013 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where: Porter Community Room at the Montshire Museum, 1 Montshire Road, Norwich, VT

Refreshments Provided | Please RSVP

Who Should Attend:  This event is open to the public.  Energy committee members and/or municipal leaders are encouraged to attend.  Let us help you decide if this program could be a good match for your community.

Meeting Prep: Attendees are encouraged to read Vital Communities’ Request for Proposals from Communities, and come ready with questions.  This RFP provides a detailed program description, timeline, and breakdown of Solarize Upper Valley roles and responsibilities.


  • Presentation from Sarah Simonds, Energy Program Manager at Vital Communities and Solarize Upper Valley Program Manager.
  • Presentation from Toni Bouchard, Vice President at SmartPower, the nation’s leading non-profit marketing firm dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Toni will share successes and lessons learned from Solarize programs in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
  • Q & A

Announcing Solarize Upper Valley!

SOLARIZE UPPER VALLEY is a new initiative from Vital Communities that will team up local communities with solar photovoltaic (PV) installers to make residential-scale solar energy more accessible and affordable for residents in your town.

Vital Communities will select up to four communities to partner with us on the first phase of Solarize Upper Valley, which will include a 15-week community outreach campaign between March and June 2014. Outreach efforts allow installers to pass on significant discounts to residents, avoiding their added costs of customer acquisition.  As more people sign up in your community, our tiered pricing structure means that solar PV installation prices continue to drop for everyone!

LEARN MORE! Visit our How Solarize Works page, and join us for an upcoming information session:

Solarize Information Session for Communities  November 12th, 2013, 5:00-6:30pm | Montshire Museum in Norwich | Refreshments provided | Please RSVP

Solarize Information Session for Installers – December 9th, 2013, 7:30-9:00am |
Kilton Library in West Lebanon | Light breakfast provided | Please RSVP

WE WANT YOU! Vital Communities seeks proposals from COMMUNITIES (proposals due Dec. 17th) and SOLAR PV INSTALLERS (proposals due Feb. 14th) to partner with us on Solarize Upper Valley this spring.

Contact Sarah Simonds, Energy Program Manager, with any questions or comments. Sarah@VitalCommunities.org | (802) 291 9100 x109

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