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MUNICIPAL SOLAR ARRAY MEETING

In consideration of the 2019 Sandwich Town Meeting vote to reduce the size of the Town’s carbon footprint, the Sandwich Energy Committee has spent the past year researching possibilities for installation of a solar photovoltaic array intended to offset the municipal electricity usage. The committee will hold a special meeting this Wednesday, 2/1, at 6:30 in the Benz Center to consider proposing a warrant article for March Town Meeting for such an installation. The public is invited to attend Wednesday evening to learn about the proposal and provide input to the committee.

Katherine Thorndike, Chair
Sandwich Energy Committee


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS:
The Town of Sandwich is seeking proposals for the installation of a 120 kwH solar photovoltaic system for implementation (pending town meeting approval) on town-owned land in 2023. The Request for Proposal can be found here. For questions, please contact the Selectmen's Office at 603-284-7701 or townadmin@sandwichnh.org. NOTE: The response window for the request for proposal has been extended to February 16, 2023. The proposed scope of work has been expanded to include implementation in 2023/2024.

In August of 2021, the Board of Selectmen voted to revive the Sandwich Energy Committee. The Energy Committee is charged with promoting energy conservation and the use of renewable resources for municipal, business and homes by the townspeople of Sandwich. The Committee will function as a subcommittee of the Planning Board.


At the March, 2020 Sandwich Town Meeting, residents voted to commit:

“to a goal of 100% reliance on renewable sources of electricity by 2030 and for all other energy needs, including heating and transportation, by 2050. The intent of this goal is to protect the well-being and health of our citizens by practicing and promoting energy conservation, ensuring food, water and heat security, by being fiscally responsible and by keeping energy dollars in the local economy. We can, by actively shifting towards renewable energy, end dependence on subsidies for fossil fuels and address the threat of global climate change on a local, state and national level. This article reaffirms Warrant Article 53, passed at the March 13, 2007 Sandwich Town Hall Meeting.”

Town of Sandwich Energy Goals:

2030: 100% reliance on renewable sources for electricity
2050: 100% reliance on renewable sources for all other energy needs, including heating and transportation.

Energy Committee gmail: sandwichenergycommittee@gmail.com
Meetings: first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Benz Center

Energy Committee Members:

Katherine Thorndike, Chair khthorndike@gmail.com
Tim Miner, Co-Chair
Wharton Sinkler, Secretary
Hollis Heichemer
Leonard Witt

Links:
https://www.cleanenergynh.org/
https://nhsaves.com/
https://www.eversource.com/content/nh/residential/about/doing-business-with-us/builders-contractors/new-hampshire-bc
https://www.nhec.com/

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