News : September 2011

SEA Solar Store completes 9-panel array for restaurant

Sep 30, 2011

From New England Real Estate Journal

By Jim Cavan

Three short months after the Portsmouth Historic District Commission’s near-unanimous decision to allow a solar hot water array atop Jumpin Jay’s Fish Café, the popular restaurant can now boast the largest solar system in the city’s downtown.

The brand new 9-panel array and accompanying 330-gallon tank – the first commercial application of the technology anywhere in the city – were officially put online two weeks ago and, according to installer Jack Bingham of SEA Solar Store, the system is already surpassing expectations...

To read the full story in the New England Real Estate Journal, click here!

New Solar Tech Compels Somersworth Residents to "Keep Up With The Joneses”

Sep 29, 2011

Published in Exeter Patch and Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

It’s not often that peer pressure is thought of in positive terms. But that’s exactly what helped put matching alternative energy systems on two neighboring Somersworth homes.

Back in March, town resident Tim Sullivan was contacted by friend and former colleague Jack Bingham, owner of the nearby SEA Solar Store and one of the region’s foremost alternative green energy purveyors. Bingham, recognizing his old friend’s long-held interest in incorporating solar on his own property, told him about a revolutionary new technology.

Read the full story in Exeter Patch by clicking here! Read the full story in Fosters by clicking here!

Gentiques' Fall Bazaar to fundraise for the homeless

Sep 28, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Andrew Tiebout

There's nothing like splattering a few pumpkins to support a good cause.

Gentiques, a nonprofit boutique located on route 1 in Kittery, will host a Fall Bazaar on Sunday, Oct. 2. Guests can expect to enjoy live music, home baked goods, craft booths and, of course, a pumpkin tossing contest.

The proceeds of the bazaar will go to Fair Tide, another Kittery-based nonprofit that aids homeless people obtain permanent housing. In July, Fair Tide received a $50,000 challenge grant from an anonymous benefactor and must match the donation by raising $50,000 by Oct. 31...

To read the full story in Foster's, click here!

For TMS, Altus, Cooperation Yields Many Benefits

Sep 27, 2011

From Portsmouth Patch

By Lief Friedrichs

Altus Engineering and TMS Architects are quite the duo lately. The two recently completed a project at Phillips-Exeter Academy, and are currently working to transform a car dealership in Portsmouth.

But this relationship is nothing new: the two Seacoast companies have been working together for over a decade now.

In 2009, TMS designed four LEED Gold houses for Phillips Academy in Exeter. Altus, in turn, assisted TMS on the project by designing and installing rain gardens to capture water runoff. The combination of super-efficient houses and a storm water retention system made this project especially green – something in which both companies take great pride...

Read more in Portsmouth Patch by clicking here!

Free Smart Meters help consumers to track energy use

Sep 27, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Andrew Tiebout

Almost everything we do in our homes requires electricity: we brew coffee before work, watch our favorite TV shows, throw the dinner dishes in the dishwasher and browse the internet – usually at the same times everyday.

Those daily routines can make us feel like we live in our own little worlds, so it's easy to forget that everyone else on the street is more than likely using electricity in those same ways at those same times.

And this costs everyone money...

Read the full story in Foster's here!

This spud's for you: Maine-grown organic potatoes a huge hit at Robert's

Sep 27, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

KITTERY, Maine — It's not often that a Valentine's Day gift ends up being one that keeps on giving. But that's exactly how Robert's Maine Grill General Manager Chef Craig Spinney sees his restaurant's new crop of organic, Maine-grown potatoes. The local love story began last winter, when Spinney began eagerly looking for a way to incorporate a better, greener potato into his restaurant's popular Valentine's Day menu. Through one of the restaurant's distributors, Spinney was put in touch with Misty Meadows Farm, located on the Canadian border in the St. John's Valley, in Grand Isle, Maine.

Read the full story in Foster's by clicking here!

Poco's Cantina and Two Ceres Street launch big discounts

Sep 26, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat and Portsmouth Patch

by Scott Szycher

Owned by a family that has deep roots within the Portsmouth community, Poco's Bow Street Cantina and Two Ceres Street may be like brothers, but they're not twins.

But now they've got something in common: deep discounts with something for everyone. Known for its famous deck that just received a Taste of the Seacoast “Best of 2011” award, Poco's is currently offering discounts six days a week with no restrictions.

First, for fans of professional football, Poco's is offering specials during the games (Poco's has multiple color TVs and the NFL Red Zone channel), including ½ price drafts, and a $5 football menu featuring a flatbread of the day, chili cheese dogs, pork sliders, personal-size nachos, wings, and chili cheese fries.

To read the full story in Foster's, click here! To read the full story in Portsmouth Patch, click here!

It isn't easy growing a green business

Sep 26, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Herald

by Kelly Hearn

Christopher P. Ring is the founder of Greenovations, a Portsmouth-based building supply and design center touting itself as exclusively dedicated to eco-friendly living.

What has been your biggest challenge?

Ring: My biggest challenge has been getting the word out.

To read the full story, click here!

This spud's for you: Maine-grown organic potatoes a huge hit at Robert's

Sep 26, 2011

It's not often that a Valentine's Day gift ends up being one that keeps on giving. But that's exactly how Robert's Maine Grill General Manager Chef Craig Spinney sees his restaurant's new crop of organic, Maine-grown potatoes. The local love story began last winter, when Spinney began eagerly looking for a way to incorporate a better, greener potato into his restaurant's popular Valentine's Day menu. Through one of the restaurant's distributors, Spinney was put in touch with Misty Meadows Farm, located on the Canadian border in the St. John's Valley, in Grand Isle, Maine.

Seacoast Company Makes Lean, Green Entertainment Machine

Sep 26, 2011

Published in Exeter Patch

by Jim Cavan

As we move into full fledged winter we all will be spending more days and nights indoors.  That means more early nights, and, of course, more football. 

For many – and certainly for more than a few guys – the arrival of winter means rekindling your months-dormant relationship with your living room and, more specifically, your television. Maybe yours is of a Spartan sensibility: one or two couches, a nice recliner for the ruler of the roost, and a stand-alone television whose only speakers reside on the appliance itself. Maybe you don’t even have couches. Maybe you’re one of the countless guys who have been looking for an excuse to turn your living room into your own personal I-MAX theater.

Well, that might be a stretch. What’s less of a stretch, however, is the notion that – money being no object – one of the first things thing’s we’d look to do is bolster our home’s entertainment system. And while such endeavors are by no means cheap, there’s one New Hampshire company that’s not only offering itself as a surprisingly affordable alternative – but one that is “green” as well.

After years working in retail selling home audio and video systems, Nahant, Massachusetts native Paul Ford decided he was tired of simply “pushing boxes out the door”. In 2005 he started his own business, Atlantic Home Systems, out of Barrington, which provides custom home entertainment as well as home automation and energy management systems.

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Fresh at always at Riverworks Restaurant & Tavern

Sep 26, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

by Scott Szycher

Have you ever wondered how some restaurants, particularly chain restaurants, cook and serve meals so quickly? Here's a hint: they're frequently not cooking your food in the way you might think. They're probably using pre-cooked meats in their dishes, allowing those restaurants to quickly heat your food, serve it to you, and turn your table over to the next customer. There are even downloadable guides on how restaurants can improve their "efficiency" through the use of pre-cooked meats.

Jennifer Jarvis, the owner of The Riverworks Restaurant and Tavern in downtown Newmarket, would probably use a guide like that for kindling in her fireplace. "Everything at The Riverworks is made from scratch," Jarvis proudly declares. "And my customers can taste the difference."

Located in the iconic brick building at 164 Main Street in Newmarket that has served as the home for a variety of businesses throughout the years, it's been the home of The Riverworks for the past 31 years. Its cozy ambience and rustic charm has earned it the moniker of "Newmarket's Living Room".

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New ReStore a Testament to Green Growth

Sep 20, 2011

Published in Exeter Patch

It’s safe to say any business that opened its doors three short years ago would welcome even modest recession-defying growth.

But doubling your growth? In this economy, such an expansion would seem the stuff of legend.

Not for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which is set to open its new – and decidedly massive – Newington storefront on October 1st.

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The Eco Firebox is something old, something new, and something beautiful

Sep 20, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat and Portsmouth Patch

By Scott Szycher

New Englanders love their wood, and for good reason: it’s a renewable resource that can provide us with a heat and cooking source without the use of fossil fuels.

But there’s a downside. When wood is burned either inside a furnace or a wood stove, it releases emissions that harm air quality, such as carbon monoxide and creosote. Some New England towns, as well as some states in the western United States, now have restrictions on wood stoves and boilers because of the problems they create, as wood smoke can be as harmful to air quality as second-hand cigarette smoke.

However, Les Veilleux's new product, the Eco Firebox. is allowing area residents to leverage our abundance of wood through a European combustion technology that’s actually been around for centuries.  But to call the Eco Firebox a technology is misleading; it can be a magnificent work of art that not only heats homes with extraordinary efficiency, but also turns an ordinary fireplace into a home’s gorgeous epicenter that consistently amazes friends and family.

To read the full article in Foster's, click here! To read the full article in Portsmouth Patch, click here!

EcoMovement, Ultra Geothermal earn Lean & Green Awards

Sep 14, 2011

Published in Fosters Daily Democrat

MANCHESTER — EcoMovement in Portsmouth and Ultra Geothermal in Barrington each received one of Business NH Magazine's 2011 Lean & Green Awards.

EcoMovement won in the newly created Innovator category. The company received the Innovation award for its compost-collection service, which helps Seacoast businesses eliminate waste.

Ultra Geothermal, which won a Green Process award in the small company category for businesses with fewer than 50 employees, demonstrated that, by developing sustainable internal operations, they could save on energy use and costs.

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With New Solar Array, Revolution “Education” Comes Full Circle

Sep 14, 2011

Published in Exeter Patch and Portsmouth Patch and NEREJ

By Jim Cavan

Having already put online massive solar energy systems for a local elementary and high school, the only thing missing from Revolution Energy’s education portfolio was a college or university project.

But with last month’s installation of a 25-kilowatt, 99-panel solar system at Great Bay Community College (GBCC), the Dover-based Revolution was able to toss their proverbial mortarboard skyward, and celebrate.

One of a number of statewide projects funded in part through a grant provided by the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning (OEP), the system is expected to save the college thousands of dollars a year in energy costs...

Read the full story in Exeter Patch here! Read the full story in Portsmouth Patch here! Or NEREJ here

Also, check out the recent Portsmouth Herald article on the project, which was published today!

 

Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. Makes Green Headway

Sep 12, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch and Foster's Daily Democrat

By Dave Anderson

For more than 20 years, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s (ISSCO) M/V Thomas Laighton has been connecting Seacoast residents and visitors with the ocean environment. On a typical cruise from Portsmouth Harbor to Star Island, passengers may be treated to sightings of Great Blue Herons, Harbor Seals, and even the occasional whale. 

“A lot of kids have their first experience with the ocean on board our ship,” according to Rich Ryzman, Marketing Manager for ISSCO.

But one doesn’t need to stray far from shore to enjoy close encounters with marine life. Each summer, ISSCO plays host to a dockside touch tank run by the Blue Ocean Society at its Market St. location in downtown Portsmouth, NH.

This year, visitors got up close with lobster and hermit crab while also learning about more obscure marine life like the periwinkle and mummichog. The touch tank closed a bit early this year in preparation for Hurricane Irene, but that hasn’t put a damper on ISSCO's efforts to protect these natural resources.

To read the full story in Portsmouth Patch, click here! To read the full story in Foster's, click here!

TMS Architects Credited With Much of New Music Hall Loft’s Unique Look, Green Feel

Sep 12, 2011

From Portsmouth Patch, High Profile Blog

By Jim Cavan

 

Officially opened this past April, the Music Hall Loft, located on Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth, constituted the continuation of a two-year long effort which began with the rehabilitation of the late 19th century across-the-street landmark.

As with the Music Hall itself, the construction of the Loft was conducted with the goal of helping jumpstart a cultural renaissance here on the Seacoast.

And, as with the much-lauded renovation of the Music Hall itself, TMS architects – a firm known for their dual commitment to style and green ingenuity – served as the structural linchpin behind it all...

Read the full story in Portsmouth Patch here!

Also check in out in High Profile Blog by clicking here!

Portsmouth's green law firm helps seniors beat the heat

Sep 9, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By David Anderson

PORTSMOUTH, NH — It was another busy Labor Day weekend at Hampton Beach this year as a wave of humidity and 80+ degrees temperatures hit the Seacoast region, driving local residents and tourists alike to seek relief in the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

For elderly and chronically ill seniors, escaping the heat is not so easy. Too often, seniors at risk of heat related illness or even heat-related death forego the luxury of an air conditioner because they don't have the money, or simply don't know where to turn for assistance. 



It's a problem that one Portsmouth-based law firm is helping to solve.

Read the full article on Fosters.com 

EcoMovement’s Home Compost Pickup Changes the Game

Sep 7, 2011

Published in Exeter Patch and Portsmouth Patch

by Jim Cavan

Taking out the trash has long been a weekly American ritual. Albeit not a particularly enjoyable one.

Never a favorite chore – particularly for teenagers – efforts by certain cities in recent years to begin charging residents for trash bags have made gathering household refuse even less enjoyable.

Here on the Seacoast, one grassroots company is taking a stab at transforming a traditionally maligned task into one about which residents can feel good – and green.

To read the full story in Exeter Patch, click here! To read the full story in Portsmouth Patch, click here!

NH Children's Museum in Dover saves trees with social media, email

Sep 7, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat and Portsmouth Patch

By Dave Anderson

DOVER — With more than 93,000 visitors annually, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire is striving to use its position as the state's most-visited cultural attraction to help end paper waste.

“As part as our effort to go green, we have been asking people to please consider receiving our newsletter via email instead of mail as a way to save paper,” according to Heidi Duncanson, drector of marketing.

When the initiative was first launched a few years ago, only about one percent of the museum's subscribers made the switch. All that changed last year, when the Children's Museum teamed up with local tech guru Roddi Chamber Smith, who owns the Dover-based firm ar•tech•u•late.

To read the full story in Foster's, click here! To read the story in Portsmouth Patch, click here!

Shawnee Peak Resort Hosts Loon Echo Trek on September 17

Sep 5, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch

By Clare Lloyd-Owen

Come enjoy stunning views of Maine while helping support the Loon Echo Trust at the Loon Echo Trek slated for Saturday, September 17. Located at Green Alliance business partner Shawnee Peak Ski Area in Bridgton, Maine, this event will offer a bit of everything to excite all that come join the fun!

The Loon Echo Trust fights to protect almost 4,000 acres of land and over 22 miles of trails throughout seven towns of Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Naples, Harrison, Sebago and Raymond. This beautiful area offers a bit of everything with endless fields, lakes and mountains to peak each person’s interest. Come hike or bike through Maine’s natural beauty while helping support the mission of Loon Echo.

With many options The Loon Echo Trek is sure to please all.  A six mile hike, also known as the “Taste Trek” along Pleasant Mountain’s Ridge will be available featuring gourmet rest strops as you walk. Also featured are three options for bike treks. A 25, 50 and 100 mile bike ride are all offered to help suit the experience of the rider. Loon Echo Land Trust will also host a party throughout the day to help celebrate everyone’s achievements with a free BBQ lunch, beer, massages and a place where people can come together.

To read the full story, click here!

Hampton firm's 'green' windows help keep costs down, comfort up

Sep 2, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat and Hampton-North Hampton Patch

By David Anderson

When Brian Burris talks about “R” ratings, he’s not talking about the summer’s latest blockbuster movie. The owner of the Hampton-based sustainable building company Nicely Done has made it his mission to provide homeowners with high quality energy efficient windows.

“The greater the R-value, the greater the insulating value of any new window,” Burris explains. “It means a window is good or not good in terms of keeping out the weather.”

“Winter, you have cold drafts coming through old windows,” he says. “New windows can solve the problem and also help to keep air conditioning nice and cool during the summertime.” 

Read the full story online: Fosters or Patch

Limelight Deal Party

Sep 2, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Herald

By Joey Cresta 

The only place to find a large, anthropomorphic lime in the city Wednesday night was The Music Hall, where shoppers and business owners celebrated at the VIP and Launch Party for Limelight Deals.

During the event, guests snacked on hors d'oeuvres provided by The Kitchen on Islington Street, mingled and took part in a raffle. Over the course of the night, people won $10 Limebucks gift certificates and deals at other businesses, including Three Bridges Yoga, Dos Amigos Burritos, Portsmouth Harbor Cruises, Bowl-O-Rama and Momma D's Casa di Pasta.

Kory Sirmaian, of Portsmouth, said his wife, Ilysse, signed up for Limelight Deals through Limelightdeals.com, and now receives daily deals straight to her e-mail inbox.

"It gets us out to a lot of new restaurants and establishments that we would've probably never tried," he said, after winning five free car washes at Mr. Bubbles Car Wash.

Read the rest of the story at Seacoast Online.

State PUC Meets Expiration Of Federal Grants For Solar Hot Water With Increased Rebates

Sep 1, 2011

From Portsmouth Patch and Exeter Patch

By Jim Cavan

By now, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone left unscathed by the country’s long-lingering economic recession.

On the surface, New Hampshire’s solar energy industry would seem the latest victim: Late last month, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced that funds for the federal portion of the state’s Solar Water Heating Rebate Program had expired.

In reality, New Hampshire has simply been a victim of its own success.

Read the full story in Portsmouth Patch here, or Exeter Patch here!