New Hampshire Rural Renewables

Sunday, October 08, 2017
Lakes Region New Hampshire Rural Renewables

A new program is now available in rural regions of New Hampshire to provide free technical assistance to business owners and agricultural producers, helping them evaluate and assess the potential for using renewable energy at their business. Lakes Region Community College, along with Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) and New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA) are teaming together to provide this free technical assistance. Rural businesses interested in installing solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wood heat, and other renewable energy technologies can receive helpful educational information and preliminary site evaluations at no cost. This Renewable Energy Development Assistance two- year grant is part of USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which has a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy grant and loan programs. Interested businesses and agricultural producers can go to lrcc.edu/nhrr which has commercial renewable energy information, web links, and a short survey. This survey will get the process going and will determine the business’ eligibility for the technical assistance. For more information, email nhruralrenewables@gmail.com or visit the lrcc.edu/nhrr website, which also has contact information for LRCC, PAREI and NHSEA, who make up the N.H. Rural Renewables team.

Concord Walker Fund boosts Freese Brothers

Walker Lecture Fund has awarded the Freese Brothers Big Band a generous grant to support the band’s scholarship fund for student musicians. Since 1986, the Freese Brothers Big Band Memorial Scholarship Fund has distributed $62,000 in scholarships to nearly 160 talented young musicians, mostly to attend summer music camps. The Walker Lecture Fund, which supports free concerts and other popular community events, recently awarded $4,000 to the band scholarship fund. In 1892, Abigail B. Walker established the lecture fund with a mission to provide continued support for free courses of lectures upon subjects of history, literature, art and science, and free dramatic, musical, literary, historical and other cultural events to be given in Concord. For more information about the Walker Lecture Fund, visit walkerlecture.org. For more information about the Freese Brothers Big Band, visit freesebrothersbigband.com.