NH Rural Renewables

New Hampshire Rural Renewables: Renewable energy planning assistance for rural small businesses and agricultural producers.


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NH Rural Renewables provides free technical assistance to small business owners and agricultural producers in the rural regions of New Hampshire, helping them evaluate and assess the potential for using renewable energy at their business.

Lakes Region Community College, along with Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) and New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA) are teaming together to provide this free technical assistance. Rural small businesses interested in installing solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wood heat, and other renewable energy technologies can receive helpful educational information and preliminary vendor-neutral site evaluations at no cost.  This Renewable Energy Development Assistance two-year grant is part of USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which has a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy grant and loan programs.

The Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative will be lending their expertise to help in this endeavor. PAREI will draw from their 14 years of renewable energy experience using field experts and interns to assist with the site evaluations and preparing reports for the interested business owners. The NH Sustainable Energy Association, as New Hampshire’s only organization dedicated solely to clean energy advancement, will help the project team harness the economic and environmental benefits of locally produced renewable energy. NHSEA will also bring their expertise of the long-standing NH Wood Energy Council -- a group of dedicated members leading the deployment of modern wood chip and pellet heating.

If your business is interested in receiving technical services from the NH Rural Renewables team, start the process by taking this get started survey today. After reviewing your eligibility and areas of interest from your survey responses, we will be back in touch with more information and the next steps towards evaluating renewable energy options at your business.

Take the survey:  NH Rural Renewables Get Started Business Survey

Contact us:  nhruralrenewables@gmail.com


Click Here for NH Rural Renewables Commercial Solar Installer Directory


USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

USDA Rural Development recognizes that energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies help rural businesses achieve economic sustainability. The Agency supports businesses making energy investments through REAP. Technical assistance programs such as NH Rural Renewables can help prepare businesses to access these federal funds. Businesses seeking information about REAP in New Hampshire can contact USDA Energy Coordinator Ken Yearman at (802) 828-6070 or by email at kenneth.yearman@vt.usda.gov.
Rural Energy for America Program – New Hampshire
USDA Rural Development Summary of Major Programs
Rural Business Services Eligibility Map by USDA Rural Development
Note: If you are an agricultural producer in an ineligible area, you may still qualify for NH Rural Renewables and other USDA RD services.
Qualifying as a “Small Business” by the U.S. Small Business Administration


Reduce Then Produce: Commercial Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

In addition to USDA Rural Development programs, the NH Rural Renewables team will help leverage energy efficiency technical assistance from the utility-based NHSaves @ Work program as well as the Energy Audit and Clean Energy Fund programs at the NH Community Development Finance Authority.
NHSAVES Save @ Work Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs by NH’s Energy Utilities
Clean Energy Fund and Energy Audit Program by NH CDFA


General Renewable Energy Resources

Energy Basics and Glossary by the U.S. Department of Energy
Has simple descriptions of renewable energy technologies, and other energy 101 information.
Will Solar Panels Save You Money?  Video by GW Solar Institute for Clean Energy States Alliance
Check out two other short videos in the series: “Choosing a Solar Provider” and “Rooftop Solar Financing.”
NH Wood Energy Council- Professional Guidance on Conversion to Wood Heat Systems
Why Use Biomass for Heating?  by the Biomass Thermal Energy Council


Renewable Energy Financial Incentives for Businesses and Other Resources

Renewable Energy Rebates by the NH Public Utilities Commission
Renewable Energy Incentives compiled by the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives
Net Metering Guide by the NH Public Utilities Commission
IRS Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for renewable and other fuels


These web links are being provided for informational purposes only. They do not constitute an endorsement or approval by NH Rural Renewables, its associated organizations or funding sources. Contact the external sites for answers to questions regarding their content.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.


"Energy on the Farm" Webinar:
Opportunities to Save with Efficiency & Renewables

Wed., Dec. 13 @ 12:00


For more information contact:  nhruralrenewables@gmail.com

NH Rural Renewables Team:

Andy Duncan
Lakes Region Community College
Sandra Jones and Nick Manna
Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative
Brianna Brand and Kate Epsen
NH Sustainable Energy Association


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