Blog : SEAREI Energy Panel this Thursday: Unleashing Solar Power

By Anne | Oct 20, 2015 | in
 
Read the guest blog below from SEAREI's Doug Bogen. The Seacoast Area Renewable Energy Initiative is a non-profit organization with a mission to “build sustainable communities in the Greater Piscataqua Region through education and projects that promote efficient, renewable energy.”
 
SEAREI Energy Panel this Thursday: Unleashing Solar Power
 
Portsmouth – “Unleashing Solar Power in New Hampshire” will be the topic of SEAREI’s next "Energy Share" panel discussion and potluck dinner on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM at the Portsmouth Women's City Club, 375 Middle St. The public discussion was organized in response to growing concerns that solar power could be constrained from future development in the Granite State due to existing policies and limits imposed on utility support for solar, including a “cap” on net metering connections.
 
“While solar power has grown tremendously in recent years in New Hampshire, governmental rules and funding to support it have not kept up -- limitations and constraints put on solar power have left the Granite State in dire straights when it comes to future growth “ said Doug Bogen, program director for SEAREI. “We urge all interested citizens to come learn about how they can help fix these impediments to a sustainable energy future, from some of our region's experts on this burgeoning industry.” 
 
Panel Participants will include NH State Rep. Bill Baber of Dover, a member of the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee; Jack Ruderman of ReVision Energy and former NH PUC Sustainable Energy Director; and UNH Natural Resources Professor Clay Mitchell, who is also policy director for the NH Sustainable Energy Association.
 
Key topics the panel will discuss include the need to raise the existing cap on net metering of solar photovoltaic (PV) power, the decline and "raiding" of funds available for PV in the state's Renewable Energy Fund, low requirements for PV in state renewable standards and the need for a state energy department to better coordinate this and other renewable energy development. 
 
There will be a "zero waste" potluck dinner before the talk, so participants are asked to bring their own place setting and a dish to share. 
 
WHEN: Thursday, October 22nd - 6:30 PM Potluck, 7:15 PM Talk
 
WHERE: Portsmouth Women's City Club 
375 Middle St., Portsmouth
 
The gathering is free and open to the public.
 
For more information on SEAREI (Seacoast Area Renewable Energy Initiative) and how to get involved, visit their website: www.searei.org or “like” them on Facebook.
 
SEAREI is a grassroots community-based non-profit program working to build sustainable communities with a focus on local-scale renewable energy development and energy efficiency.