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 businesses 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


Commercial Renewable Energy Installer Directories by NH Rural Renewables

These are comprehensive listings of commercial solar energy installers and commercial wood energy installers in New Hampshire.  Each directory includes contact information for commercial renewable energy installers working in New Hampshire, as well as information about number of NH installations, financing, types of services offered and regions served.  Click on the titles below to access the PDF directories:
   NH Commercial Solar Installer Directory

   NH Commercial Wood Energy Installer Directory


Sustainable Energy Financial Incentives for New Hampshire Businesses

Listing 14 federal and NH financial incentives in two pages! This PDF has brief listings and web links for these sustainable energy rebates, credits, grants, loans and technical assistance available to New Hampshire businesses.  NH Rural Renewables clients get customized information and advice about applying for these incentives.
   Sustainable Energy Financial Incentives 2-pager
Renewable Energy Incentives compiled by the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives


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.

"Energy on the Farm: Opportunities to Save with Efficiency & Renewables"  NH Local Energy Solutions Dec. 2017 webinar.  View recording at:

NHSAVES Save @ Work Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs by NH’s Energy Utilities
Clean Energy Fund and Energy Audit Program by NH CDFA
Up to 75% cost-share for a commercial energy audit- flyer:  http://www.nhcdfa.org/document/ep/30


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


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.


July 2018: Look below for a new federal & NH financial incentives 2-pager, plus our solar and wood energy installer directories.

NH Rural Renewables Team:

Contact:  nhruralrenewables@gmail.com

Andy Duncan
Lakes Region Community College
Sandra Jones
Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative
Brianna Brand
NH Sustainable Energy Association