Resources

There are thousands of online resources out there for consumers to both learn from and use; sometimes it is difficult to triage which sites are helpful and which are not.  Luckily, NHSEA has done some of that for New Hampshire citizens and businesses by sharing some of the most beneficial and informative online sites below.  Enjoy learning about how you, your business, or your community can change and progress how it uses local, clean, and affordable energy!

Group Net Metering Guide PDFNHSEA has developed a "Guide to Community Energy and Group Net Metering."

This guide is intended to help communities, groups, individuals and businesses understand, evaluate, and navigate the model options and pathways to develop a community energy system and how to use the group net metering rules successfully in NH.

Looking for a contractor for your renewable energy or efficiency project?  Myenergyplan.net has you covered with hundreds of listed options, filtered just for you by town and technology.

Web Resources

Note: These are external links. NHSEA is not responsible for the content linked to below. Please email us at admin@nhsea.org if you have problems with any of the links.
NH Resources
Providing energy solutions for NH's energy committees, municipalities and schools.
This visual resource shows how the New Hampshire legislative process works and what the steps are to introducing and passing a bill.
This 2011 study looks at NH's current energy policies, regulations, and programming, and makes recommendations about where NH could go from here.
REPA is a non-profit organization made up of home energy audit and weatherization professionals dedicated to improving and expanding their understanding, skills, and delivery of the "House as a System" residential energy efficiency technology.
A blog about New Hampshire energy matters by Mike Mooiman, an engineer and business program professor at Franklin Pierce University.
This reference guide has been developed by RMANH to help NH business owners reduce their use of energy as well as the related expenses of poor building performance, through conservation and energy efficiency.
The mission of NHSaves is to advance the efficient use of energy, while caring for the environment and promoting economic development in New Hampshire. This is the website portal for the utility administered state efficiency programs.
The Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Energy Board was created by the NH legislature “to promote and coordinate energy efficiency, demand response, and sustainable energy programs in the state.”
This is a publication of the NH Department of Environmental Services.
This is the official state website for the NH state legislature. Use this to search for your representative, senator, and all information about current and past legislation and legislative sessions.
Use this valuable tool to plan your home or small business's energy project. This resource will help you find local contractors, compare costs, and view existing projects across the state.
Learn how to generate $$ from your solar energy by creating RECs in NH.
C-PACE financing is an innovative model for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in commercial buildings, connecting private investment with privately owned existing commercial buildings where the loan is paid back through a municipal tax assessment and is tied to the building, not the building owner.
NH's ten-year state energy strategy, released on September 1, 2014
ACORE's project to provide accurate facts on common energy misconceptions and questions. Includes NH-specific data and current policy tracking.
This guide describes the incentives, grants, financing and other revenue opportunities for clean energy projects in NH.
The Office of Energy and Planning (OEP), with support from the Department of Information Technology (DoIT), offers the Plan-link Listserv (Listserv) to enhance the communication and sharing of information among New Hampshire planning, zoning and land use regulation officials and interested individuals through the use of Internet email.
This is a presentation given by the Lakes Region Community College.
Biodiesel
Facts, frequently asked questions, policy, production, and uses of biodiesel.
The official site for the biodiesel national trade organization.
Building
Virtual House with videos about many aspects of creating energy efficient living spaces.
Interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment.
The complete source for building, designing, and remodeling green homes
The HBRANH was founded in 1952 and represents residential building and remodeling interests in New Hampshire
The Build Green NH Council is comprised of industry professionals dedicated to providing green building guidelines for building and remodeling professionals and environmentally concerned consumers through its certification program and consumer education.
Energy Efficiency
ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency
The Home Energy Score is similar to a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating. The HES allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide.
This guide introduces the CESP approach, a step-by-step process for creating a robust strategic energy plan for governments and communities that can help save money, create local jobs, and improve national security.
Finance
A reference guide for financing options available through the U.S. federal government.
Geothermal
Includes directory of contractors, designers, etc.
View this workshop to hear Efficiency VT’s “heat pump guy,” describe the financial, technical and environmental advantages of heat pumps.
An overview of the requirements for geothermal heating and cooling systems in NH.
Hydro Power
An online portal to (micro) hydropower.
The Granite State Hydropower Association (GSHA) is a voluntary, non-profit trade association for the small-scale independent hydropower industry in New Hampshire.
LIHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the impacts of hydropower generation through the certification of hydropower projects that have avoided or reduced their environmental impacts.
Solar
An online resource for homeowners, business owners, and renewable energy professionals to and connect and share ideas and experiences.
SmartPower is the nation’s leading non-profit marketing firm dedicated to promoting clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Established in 1954, the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the nation's leading association of solar professionals & advocates.
Consumer Reviews of Solar Companies, Solar Panels, and Inverters
The Daily Digest for busy solar professionals.
APA's packet provides an extensive collection of sample ordinances on topics such as solar access, solar siting, and solar energy systems.
A new guide to help homeowners navigate the complex landscape of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system financing.
This is a high-level overview about the pros and cons of owning vs. leasing solar photovoltaic power systems.
A helpful website including a map to learn more about solar activity in neighboring states.
This document is intended to provide federal agencies with initial guidance on how to procure solar energy.
With this new resource, IREC seeks to help overcome the common challenges and costs associated with PPAs by providing a full suite of legal resources and related documents in a highly user-friendly format.
Includes some sample RFP's and RFQ's.
How to launch a solar campaign in your town!
A great overview of multiple ways to incorporate solar energy into your home, including solar water heating, solar lighting, and more!
An extensive, user-friendly guide to everything related to residential solar.
Wind Energy (Large Scale)
An independent expert panel's review and analysis of existing literature related to wind turbines and health impacts.
This MassCEC site contains several resources on sound and property value concerns relating to wind turbines.
A collection of documents and document descriptions that cover the impact on wildlife from a variety of technologies.
This report analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states, yet was unable to uncover any impacts to nearby home property values.
This wind integration study was commissioned by the ISO-NE and performed by GE in 2010.
A 2013 Regional Examination of the Hourly System Operations and Reliability Implications for the US Electric Power System with Coal Phased Out and High Penetrations of Efficiency and Renewable Generating Resources
Report by the Governor's Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission, entitled Siting Electric Generation in Vermont: Analysis and Recommendations.
This Environment NH report finds that New Hampshire’s wind energy is already avoiding more than 157,267 metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution, the equivalent of taking 32,764 cars off the road, while it also saves 70,265,000 gallons of water per year, enough to meet the needs of 2,567 people.
The NWRC is the regional epicenter for salient, unbiased information on land-based and offshore wind energy in the Northeastern United States.
An online hub for communities and stakeholders to access the facts and issues regarding wind energy in order to weight the pros and cons and make the best possible decisions.
Wind Energy (Small Scale)
Small wind is defined as wind turbines with a capacity rating of less than or equal to 100 kW. Turbines in this category range in size from smaller than 1 kW for off-grid applications to 100-kW turbines that can provide village power.
Wood
Local producer of sustainably harvested wood pellets, located in Jaffrey, NH.
The Pellet Fuels Institute is a non-profit association that serves the pellet industry, which is comprised of pellet mills, pellet appliance manufacturers and industry suppliers.
Local provider of biomass heating systems located in Lyme, NH
BTEC is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the use of biomass for heat and other thermal energy applications.
Other
U.S. DOE's website for information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, including free webinars, case studies, other consumer resources.
NREL focuses on creative answers to today's energy challenges.
ILSR's mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models, and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. Great resource on community energy.
Regional non-profit dedicated to advancing the clean energy economy through its business trade association and clean energy institute.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.
Best Practices in State Net Metering Policies & Interconnection Procedures
IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
Public Purpose ESCO's improve building energy performance in small to medium-sized buildings that serve a public purpose. They operate on a smaller scale than typical ESCOs, making energy savings—not dollars—their bottom line for improvements to municipal and other typically non-profit commercial buildings.
Big thinking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
This is an open resource on all things electric vehicle-related: cars, charging, driving, etc. Includes informative consumer guides.
The State-Federal RPS Collaborative serves as a forum for the exchange of experiences and lessons learned regarding the implementation of state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies.
Provides an overview of multiple sources of alternative fuels including biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.
A website and searchable database on opportunities for clean energy policy advances.

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