Community Energy & Climate Action Conference 12/7

The annual “Community Energy and Climate Action Conference” is coming up on Saturday, December 7th. If you care about helping Vermont take bold action on climate and clean energy, you don’t want to miss it!

The daylong event takes place at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee and the focus this year is on better aligning the goals of a broad range of key constituencies to tackle the challenge of climate change. Vermont has set an ambitious state goal to meet 90 percent of our energy needs in 2050 with renewable energy. This goal is an imperative for the planet and people’s pocketbooks. To achieve it, however, Vermonters will need more strategic coordination among diverse constituencies, greater synergy between local efforts and state action and bold policy-making.

A broad, diverse and engaged network of Vermonters is imperative to help Vermont do far more — far faster — on clean energy and climate change solutions. This event is a great place to help make that happen, offering tremendous networking opportunities, roundtable dialogues, 14 workshops, exhibits from leading clean energy businesses and organizations and more. 350.org’s Executive Director May Boeve — a young, articulate and effective climate leader (with strong Vermont roots!) — will be the keynote speaker.

Oh, and there’s a yummy largely local lunch!

Don’t miss this great event! Find out far more and register for just $40 at http://www.regonline.com/2013VTEnergy.

Also, please help us spread the word and build the movement. Share this event on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VTEnergyNetwork.

Solarize Installers Info Session – Dec 9

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

When: December 9th, 2013 | 7:30am – 9:00am

Where: Community Room at the Kilton Public Library, 80 Main Street, West Lebanon, NH

Light Breakfast Provided | Please RSVP

Who Should Attend:  Solar PV installers interested in bidding on a Solarize Upper Valley partnership are strongly encouraged to attend,  Other curious renewable energy professionals are also welcome.

Meeting Prep: Attendees are encouraged to read Vital Communities’ Request for Proposals from Installers, and come ready with questions.  This RFP provides a detailed program description, timeline, and breakdown of Solarize Upper Valley roles and responsibilities.  The RFP has been posted initially in draft form and will be finalized for release on December 16th.  Feedback from installers at the December 9th information session will be incorporated, where possible, into the final RFP.

Agenda:

  • 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

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.

Agenda:

  • 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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