Support for solar project in Monadnock Region soughtBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
February 27. 2014 8:11PM
KEENE — Before moving forward with a model for their planned community solar project, Monadnock Sustainability Network and a group of students from Antioch University New England plan to host a meeting with a core group of citizens interested in developing, funding, and implementing what would be the first community solar project in the Monadnock region.
The meeting will be held March 13 at 6 p.m. at Antioch University New England in Keene.
“This meeting, which we’re calling our core group meeting, is essentially anybody who thinks they may be interested in maybe donating money, buying into the community solar program that we’re trying to get up off the ground and really essentially anybody interested in community solar, particularly in the Monadnock region,” said Robert Keller Thursday, an Antioch student. “We would like anybody that is interested in community solar to attend this meeting.”
Students plan to present different options including whether the project should be utility-based or non-profit based, Keller said.
“There are different models that we can implement as far as community solar goes and the main take away from this meeting is essentially if people are interested we’re going to be welcoming their feedback to what they think is the most successful model,” he said.
Community solar systems are cooperatively owned and are typically started by a core group of local citizens who provide the initial investment to begin project development. The remaining capital is raised by selling shares of the solar array within the broader local community.
The projects take advantage of federal and state financial incentives and generate income for owners, who may not otherwise be able to invest in solar energy.
To RSVP or learn more about the project, contact John Kondos, President of MSN, at (603)363-9969 or firstname.lastname@example.org.