Community Supported Solar Presentation


The Monadnock Sustainability Network is hosting a Community Supported Solar presentation at The Barn at the Harrisville Inn, Harrisville, NH on Thursday, March 23rd, from 6-8 pm.

We will discuss the new financial resource pioneered on the Monadnock Food Co-op.

Locally owned Community Supported Solar expands access to clean solar electricity. Find out how we can increase our energy independence and resilience; reduce our carbon footprint while boosting the financial strength of our communities.

The Monadnock Food Co-op (Co-op) is the host of the first locally owned community supported solar project in the Monadnock region. The 43.5 kW photovoltaic project, completed in May, 2016, is owned by Cypress Community Solar LLC which was formed to own the project and sell clean, locally harvested electricity to the Co-op. The company is owned by a group of local investors, who expect to sell the PV system to the Co-op within ten years.  The company and the Co-op have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement under which the Co-op will purchase all of the electricity produced by the project.

Most community solar projects are owned and controlled by developers or utilities. This locally developed, funded, owned and controlled project is Community Supported Solar, hopefully the first of many.  With the support of grants from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, MSN managed the AUNE research and the formation of the steering committee for the initial project. Then MSN published the NH Community Supported Solar Guide to be used by others to pursue a locally owned, clean, renewable energy system on their school, CSA farm, church or other site in their community.

Webinar: Launching a Solarize Campaign

Launching a Solarize Campaign
Double the Solar in Your Town in Just 15 weeks
June 17, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m.

Solarize Upper Valley has helped residents in 24 towns go solar – over 300 residents to date and over 450 expected by the end of the year. What’s the secret to their success? Join New Hampshire Local Energy Solutions to find out. Hear from Vital Communities, the nonprofit responsible for coordinating Solarize Upper Valley, as well as the volunteer-installer team who brought Solarize to Randolph, Brookfield, and Braintree last winter. Many communities are launching Solarize campaigns across the Northeast, yours could be next.


  • Sarah Simonds, Vital Communities
  • Kevin McCollister, Catamount Solar
  • Pete Thoenen, Randolph Energy Committee

Register Here!


Monadnock Community Solar Initiative

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Monadnock Sustainability Network teamed up with students from Antioch University New England to bring community solar to the Monadnock region. This collaboration yielded a comprehensive evaluation of community solar; a public presentation and the formation of the Monadnock Community Solar Initiative (MCSi) steering committee. We are pleased to announce that the Monadnock Food Co-op will be the host site of our first community owned solar system.

Opportunity: Energy Systems

From City of Keene’s Climate Adaptation Plan

GOAL: Decrease the ways in which energy supplies could be interrupted.


  • Identify low-risk areas that would allow for the safe burial of existing power lines (coordinate with road improvement projects and upgrades in the Capital Improvement Program) to avoid interruptions due to increased precipitation events.
  • Establish the requirement that new construction builders bury utilities during the construction phase.

GOAL: Increase the resiliency of emergency energy systems.


  • Connect emergency centers with onsite renewable energy sources to reduce susceptibility to lapses in the conventional energy supply.

GOAL: Increase municipal and community energy security, use of renewable resources, and overall energy efficiency.


  • Provide 50% of municipal and community energy needs locally through local renewable energy resource development (such as small scale wind, micro hydro, solar, geothermal, and other renewable resources) by 2027.
  • Take steps to decrease municipal and community energy consumption by 25% and decrease greenhouse gas emissions caused by the production of energy by 75% through energy conservation measures and the development of renewable energy resources by 2027.
  • Create a wind assessment specific to Keene that identifies sites for wind generation facility development, if feasible, including the City’s recycling center, by 2010.
  • If adequate wind availability for a wind generation facility to be installed at the recycling center, the City should install such a facility and seek grants, other funds, or partnerships to leverage local dollars to cover the cost of purchase and installation of a wind generation facility by 2011.
  • Incorporate solar hot water heating into 20% of households by 2020.
  • Incorporate passive solar, micro hydro, geothermal, and micro wind into residential and commercial development and zoning codes by 2012.
  • Provide training for developers and designers to include these technologies (e.g., wind generation, solar, geothermal) into development design.
  • Expand City’s green fleets program.
  • Develop alternative energy supply demonstration projects including micro hydro, wind, alternative fuels, etc.

GOAL: Engage energy providers to enhance local renewable generation opportunities.

  • Encourage the state to increase amount of renewable energy produced in the state and to keep that energy in the sate.
  • Work with local energy providers to provide incentives for the development of renewable energy resources for residents and local businesses.