Past Workshops and Events

Whats the Big Deal About Carbon? Why should we be interested in where it goes?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Plainfield Elementary School Music Room

The first presentation of the Renewable Energy Educational Series
Presented by the Plainfield and Cornish Energy Committees

Tom Lord explains how our use of fossil fuels has disrupted the natural carbon cycle. Fossil fuels which are carbon-rich and were deposited into the ground millions of years ago are now being withdrawn as coal, oil, and natural gas. These are turned into energy and then released into the environment. We only have so much carbon we can spend before it throws the whole natural carbon cycle off kilter. In addition, it raises the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere. This will warm the planet with important consequences to the climate. Why should we be interested? Let’s learn more and what we can do about it.

There will be a question & answer period following the talk and refreshments! Bring your friends and family. Spread the word!

Tom Lord has 25 years of teaching experience, currently teaching courses in Environmental Chemistry and Inquiry to Science at Kimball Union Academy. He obtained a BA from Dartmouth College and JD from the University of Maryland. He worked as an attorney for the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources and went on to practice in the Upper Valley working with companies and nonprofits on environmental compliance issues. He also taught at Dartmouth College and coached lacrosse at Hanover High.

Feb 18 2015 Are You Ready For Solar
An informational seminar on what you need to know to decide if a solar electric system is right for you. on Thurs, Feb 18 at 7pm at the Phillip Read Memorial (Plainfield) Library.

March 17, 2015 Solar Installers Expo
at the Plainfield school.

Nov 2014 Community Solar Seminar
An introductory seminar on Community Solar was help on Tuesday, Nov 11. The keynote speaker wass Eric Shenholm, who talked about his experience setting up a 28kW collective solar PV electric system in Saxtons River, VT. The generated power is shared by participating residents of Saxtons River employing group net metering and the installation was done by the residents themselves.

Vermont is way ahead of New Hampshire in that they have established regulations, economic incentives and a supportive legal structures governing alternate energy generation. The rules and regulations governing group net metering are in the process of being revised by the Public Utilities Commission and NH Legislature, and the way community solar may be implemented in NH will very likely be different than in Vermont.

This was one perspective on how collective solar can be accomplished, and touched upon topics such as organizing community project efforts, DIY ground mount installations, and net metering. The goal was to provide informtion so that we are prepared for when community solar arrives in NH.

As a follow up to the Vital Community's Solarize Cornish-Plainfield initiative, our Energy Committees will focus on community solar activities that will take advantage of our own resources to share knowledge about alternative PV installation options, to lower costs of installation, and provide more solar options to more people in our two towns.

May 2014 Wooden Window Restoration
Many of us in Plainfield live in old houses with wooden windows that have become leaky and ill-fitting over the centuries. Frustrated with the draftiness and aware that fuel bill dollars are flying out these cracks, many of us become resigned to the idea that our windows must be replaced. Surprisingly, wood window restoration is an appealing alternative; in terms of durability, energy efficiency, cost savings, environmental benefits and preservation of historical character and craft, wood window restoration with the addition of energy-efficient storm windows may be a more sustainable option.

Several window restorers will be coming to Plainfield during the month of February to evaluate and provide estimates on our Town Hall windows in Meriden. If you would like to arrange a site visit at the same time, or would like to discuss the restoration process, contact a member of the Energy Committee.

For your information, here is a list of window restoration contractors and a list of resources about restoration.