Solar Energy

Want to learn more about how solar photovoltaic energy works? The average cost of a residential system? How to know whether your home might be a suitable site for solar? You’ll find lots of good information on the internet, and we’ve put together a few of our favorite resources to get you started.

Renewable Energy Vermont
Solar Technology Primer, Vermont Solar Consumer Guide, List of Vermont Solar Installers
The Renewable Energy Resource Center
Information and application forms for the Vermont Small Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program.
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
Information about New Hamshire’s residential solar electric rebate.
Clean Energy Authority New Hampshire Page
Lists many of New Hampshire’s solar installers and links to additional information about available incentives.
Energy.gov
Information about federal tax incentives for residential solar energy.
Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont
Interactive map of existing solar and other renewables in Vermont.
Union of Concerned Scientists
How Solar Energy Works
Solar 101 presentation
Useful slides put together by Solarize Lyme volunteer Mark Bolinger. These slides were presented at a Solarize Lyme event in February.
Upper Valley Solar Installers
A list of solar installers offering services in the Upper Valley.

Solarize FAQ and Resources

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

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Financing

Information on energy-specific financing options available in the Upper Valley.

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Energy Efficiency

Consider home energy efficiency to reduce your monthly energy bills and environmental impact.

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Round Two Report

A summary of learning and results from our campaigns in Winter ’14-’15

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How
Solarize
Works

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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.

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Julia Guy

AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist

Energy

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Energy

— Julia Guy, AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist

Julia Guy is the AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist at Vital Communities. A frequent visitor, Julia is glad to make the Upper Valley a home. Originally from Binghamton, New York, Julia graduated from Skidmore College in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Theatre and a minor in Environmental Studies. Before moving to the Upper Valley, Julia was working for a low- waste, plastic-free home goods brand in Brooklyn. When she’s not fighting climate change, you can find Julia hiking and afterward indulging in a soft pretzel with plenty of mustard.



Sarah Brock

Energy Program Manager

Energy

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Energy

— Sarah Brock, Energy Program Manager

Sarah Brock joined Vital Communities in 2013 as our Energy Program Manager. Through her work Sarah provides support for our region’s 40+ local energy committees, engaging with dozens of volunteers and clean energy businesses in programs like Solarize Upper Valley, Weatherize Upper Valley, and the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network. 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. Sarah lives in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband and daughter. When she's not busy advocating for energy efficiency, Sarah enjoys playing the trombone and taking walks in her backwoods to look for signs of New Hampshire's abundant wildlife.