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Renewable energy planning assistance for rural small businesses and agricultural producers.

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 and energy efficiency at their business.

With the global pandemic, we know small businesses are stressed. Let us help you get resources to maintain your small business, including reduced energy costs.

Lakes Region Community College, along with Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) provide this free technical assistance. Rural small businesses interested in installing solar photovoltaic and other renewable energy technologies receive helpful educational information and preliminary vendor-neutral site evaluations at no cost.  This program is funded by a USDA Rural Development Renewable Energy Development Assistance grant which has concluded.  Technical assistance services are available 2020-2022.

Contact us: Andy Duncan

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, Revised Fall 2019 (PDF)

NH Commercial Wood Energy Installer Directory, 2017 (PDF)

Sustainable Energy Financial Incentives for New Hampshire Businesses, Sept. 2018

This 2-page PDF fact sheet has brief listings and web links for 14 renewable and energy efficiency rebates, credits, grants, loans and technical assistance available to New Hampshire businesses.  One side lists federal incentives, and other side lists NH-specific incentives.  NH Rural Renewables clients get customized information and advice about applying for these incentives.

Sustainable Energy Financial Incentives 2-pager (PDF)

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.

Rural Energy for America Program – New Hampshire

USDA Rural Development Summary of Major Programs (PDF)

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 here.

NHSAVES Business Energy Efficiency Programs by NH’s Energy Utilities
Clean Energy Fund and Energy Audit Program by NH CDFA

General Renewable Energy Resources

Solar Energy Information Resources by the U.S. Department of Energy
Includes a solar glossary, solar energy basics description and other useful solar resources.

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
Rural Renewables works with the NH Wood Energy Council to provide wood energy technical assistance.

Why Use Biomass for Heating? (PDF)  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.