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Saving Energy and Renewables

Paying for energy is a major and growing concern for everyone from individual consumers and businesses to municipalities and state governments. While state and federal laws limit what governments can do to influence energy prices, all energy consumers have more power to control their energy costs and expenditures than they might realize.

Energy Conservation | Energy Efficiency | Renewable Energy | Deliverable Fuel Savings

Energy Conservation

One of the best ways to lower energy costs is to simply use less energy by employing conservation and efficiency measures. While efficiency measures sometimes require an investment in upgrades to a building, conservation efforts are easy changes that can start saving you money today! To get started, visit:

Energy Efficiency

While conservation measures are a great first step, energy efficiency upgrades have an even greater savings potential. Upgrades can range from simple insulation of an attic or basement to comprehensive air sealing measures; the package of upgrades that is right for your building depends on many factors, and the best way to get started is to hire an energy auditor.

Once you have decided to move forward with an efficiency project, New Hampshire has a suite of rebate programs available to help with the cost. For more information, visit

Renewable Energy

See the sections below for helpful consumer information and resources by renewable energy type.

The Energy Project Connector tool can help you locate contractors, installers, and vendors who provide energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services in and around New Hampshire.

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Solar

Solar Resources for Towns

Solar 101 for Municipal Officials

The Solar 101 for Municipal Officials is targeted at New Hampshire town officials so that towns can reduce costs and simplify the process of implementing residential solar installations in their community. Topics include:

-planning and zoning

-permitting PV solar

-codes and inspections

-municipal PV installations

 

NH Guide to Residential Rooftop Solar PV Permitting, Zoning and Interconnection

OEP has developed the NH Guide to Residential Rooftop Solar PV Permitting, Zoning and Interconnection with information and tools to assist municipal officials, installers and others with implementing residential rooftop solar PV projects. The guide covers current laws and regulations impacting residential solar PV, recommendations for permitting and zoning and information about utility interconnection. Related tools are included in the Guide's Appendices; a Sample Solar PV Project Checklist, Sample Solar PV Permit Application, Sample Structural Review Worksheet (to be provided at a later date) and a Simplified Guide to Utility Interconnection Requirements.

New Hampshire Solar Permitting Rules

Resources showing the distribution of solar PV, permitting requirements, and local ordinances across New Hampshire.

Solar Friendly Planning for New Hampshire Communities

The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission has created a quick resource guide for planning boards and municipal officials in crafting solar friendly regulations and developing solar friendly communities in new hampshire.

 

Solar Resources for Individuals and Businesses

Thinking about installing solar at your home?

  • The Solar 101 Workshops available online provide an excellent overview for New Hampshire residents interested in learning more about going solar. The workshops were produced in parternship with the Clean Energy States Alliance and Lakes Region Community College. Topics include:

-PV fundamentals

-panel placement

-permitting and grid interconnection

-financing and incentives

-installer selection

Solar Industry Trends and Information

Tracking the Sun

Now in its eighth edition, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)’s Tracking the Sun report series is dedicated to summarizing trends in the installed price of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States. The present report focuses on residential and nonresidential systems installed through year-end 2014, with preliminary trends for the first half of 2015. This year’s report incorporates a number of important changes and enhancements. Among those changes, this year's report focuses solely on residential and nonresidential PV systems; data on utility-scale PV are reported in LBNL’s companion Utility-Scale Solar report series.

Wind

Wind Power Resources can be found on our Wind Turbines/Wind Resources Page

Deliverable Fuel Savings

For deliverable fuels (e.g. oil and propane), savings may be found by utilizing a Pre-buy Contract for Heating Fuels or a Fuel Payment Budget Plan. Please note that these options provide potential monetary savings only, and do not reduce the amount of fuel used.

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NH Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor  |  107 Pleasant Street  |  Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155  |  fax: (603) 271-2615