Community Supported Solar project receives funding to assist region farms

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Monadnock region farmers interested in Community Supported Solar should attend an informational meeting at one of these three locations. Photo provided.

WALPOLE, N.H. – The Cheshire County Conservation District is excited to announce the launch of a Community Supported Solar initiative for farms in the Monadnock region! With support from the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, this initiative aims to help lower energy costs for local farms in the region. This opportunity for local farms is being offered in partnership with the Monadnock Sustainability Network, an organization with a mission to encourage sustainable living practices and resource conservation in the Monadnock region.

It should come as no surprise that farmers in New Hampshire face significant energy expenses to run their businesses. This project will help to stabilize and lower costs of electricity for participating farms through the Community Supported Solar framework and in turn, increase the viability of those farms.

Solar electric systems provide a secure electricity supply and reduced exposure to electricity price inflation. Solar energy systems are rapidly taking root worldwide and Community Supported Solar is an opportunity for solar to be installed on one site that is best suited for it while member farms commit their electric meter to group net metering and connection to the utility grid. A number of agricultural producers have expressed interest in solar, but many do not have the capital to invest in the infrastructure and/or a good location for the PV system. The Community Supported Solar model allows for community investment to offset the costs of the participating farms.

Farmers are invited to find out how they can increase their energy independence and resilience, reduce their carbon footprint, and boost the financial strength of our communities. The CCCD and MSN will host informational workshops in three different locations throughout the county so that interested farmers may learn more about participating in this project. Please join us for an information session from noon-2 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, March 6 at Stonewall Farm in Keene, N.H.
  • Thursday, March 7 at the Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey, N.H.
  • Friday, March 8 at the CCCD office in Walpole, N.H.

Registration is required. Please register online at www.tinyurl.com/y794w6sb. For questions or assistance with registration, please contact the CCCD at 603-756-2988 x116. This is a free event and lunch will be provided.

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