Solarize Upper Valley | 2013-2015

2 years · 24 towns · 370 new solar homes · 2.2 MW renewable energy

Between 2013 and 2015, Vital Communities teamed up with communities and solar installers across the Upper Valley to help residents and small businesses go solar.

Learn more by reading our Report from Solarize Round One, and Report from Solarize Round Two.

Bring a solar campaign to your community!

Solarize is a proven model for motivating your neighbors to go solar.
Most towns more than double their number of existing solar homes in less than a year.
  • A volunteer team provides outreach and education about solar energy
  • A partner installer provides pricing discounts on residential-scale solar installations
  • A deadline motivates residents to take action
  • As more people sign on to go solar, the price goes down for everyone
Visit our FREE online Solarize Toolkit


Julia Guy

AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist




— 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


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— 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.