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NH CleanTech News

NHCTC Advisory Member Harold Turner: "We must strengthen, expand NH's clean tech sector." NH Business Review - April 17, 2015

March 4th 2015, CONCORD — An independent economic study released by the New Hampshire Clean Tech Council (NHCTC) shows that the NH cleantech sector accounts for a significant and growing share of the state’s economy with substantial growth potential. Download the full report HERE




Considering a renewable energy system to power your business? Learn about your options 11/4, 8:00-9:30am @ Worthen Industries. 

10/20/2015: Listen to NHPR's Debate Over Nearing Net Metering Cap 

 featuring NHCTC Members ReVision Energy and SolarCity.


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An Open Letter to State Leadership:

Dear Legislative Leaders,

We are writing today with grave concerns about the future of renewable energy growth and thousands of associated jobs in New Hampshire. Please allow us to provide background on the impending roadblock created by a production cap on net metering to ensure you have clear information on the situation.

Currently, New Hampshire has an arbitrary (as noted in documented legislative history) cap on the number of people that can participate in net metering. Net Metering is a cornerstone policy that gives New Hampshire, residents, schools and businesses fair credit for the excess power their systems produce. It is the foundation of a robust solar market – without net metering, a solar industry will stop in its tracks. The policy exists in 44 states, and close to half of those states have no cap at all.

Solar is starting to take off in New Hampshire. It is creating quality local jobs and giving residents the freedom to generate their own affordable, homegrown, clean energy. New Hampshire has tremendous potential to become a national renewable energy leader, but that potential is now at risk.  

In 1998, our state set the net metering limit at 50 MW of installed solar capacity. Nearly 20 years later, due to popularity and cost competitiveness, solar adoption has increased exponentially across the country. Today, New Hampshire residents are demanding solar in record numbers, which means we have hit in some areas, and could hit in others any day now, the arbitrary, outdated cap.  

Hitting the net metering cap would halt our thriving solar industry, which has serious implications for New Hampshire. First, solar job growth will vanish. Rooftop solar creates high-quality full-time local jobs that can’t be outsourced, and it drives economic growth. As a recent economic report described, NH's clean energy jobs pay annual wages that are 50% higher than the state average annual wage. Second, consumer savings hang in the balance. Rooftop solar gives families and businesses a way to take control of their energy costs with an affordable alternative to traditional utilities. Last but certainly not least, New Hampshire has the opportunity to demonstrate national leadership in renewable energy. Let’s seize that opportunity rather than stifle it. Last year alone the U.S. saw 7 states expand net metering, including New York increasing its cap and South Carolina newly implementing net metering.

We understand that the Legislature does not plan to reconvene until January, but something must be done in the meantime to prevent the cap from stopping progress and causing job losses and massive industry disruption. We are proud of the steps our state has taken to lead on solar and renewable energy and hope you will lift the net metering cap to allow that leadership and solar job growth to continue.

WMUR's "NH's Business," with Fred Kocher

Watch Taylor Caswell and Clay Mitchell of the NH CleanTech Council discuss NH's state energy strategy with Fred Kocher on WMUR:

Is NH's fastest growing industry being thwarted by the NH legislature?

NH Business. WMUR. June 20, 2015 - On this edition of NH Business, Fred Kocher sits down with Kate Epsen, Exec. Director, NH Clean Tech Council, and Erik Shifflet, CoFounder/Owner, Granite State Solar, to discuss whether lawmakers are thwarting industrial growth.

State's Republicans should stay true to party's environmental roots

Concord Monitor. March 4, 2015. By Charlie Bass - As a former member of the New Hampshire House and Senate, I have watched with dismay efforts undertaken by Republican legislators to roll back the laws that were passed to encourage energy diversity and native energy production in our state. I am equally saddened by efforts to withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.


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