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York voters approve Article #43

York voters went to the polls at the annual budget referendum on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and approved Article #43, which appropriates $100,000 for capital improvements related to energy solutions and conservation at Town-owned properties.

Learn more about the Energy Steering Committee and how the Article 43 appropriation will be used to save energy and . . . → Read More: York voters approve Article #43

Solar power for emergency shelters

The article below from Seacoastonline.com and the Portsmouth Herald describes another step in the process of a unique blending of community need and opportunity.

Turning to solar power in case of an emergency By Deborah McDermott dmcdermott@seacoastonline.com April 27, 2014 – 2:00 AM

York Middle School could be the pilot site in Maine for a . . . → Read More: Solar power for emergency shelters

Solar Electric Emergency Power Systems – Maine Pilot

Where: Portland offices of Revision Energy, 142 Presumpscot Street, Portland, ME 04103 When: Thursday, April 24th 5:00-7:30pm – Light dinner and refreshments provided Cost: Free and open to the public

Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions History of Using Solar in Disasters Energy Needs in a Disaster Florida SunSmart ‘Solar on School Shelters’ Program Advancing Solar Shelters . . . → Read More: Solar Electric Emergency Power Systems – Maine Pilot

YEEC Monthly Meeting on April 8

Greetings Everyone! Energy Meeting is Tuesday night – 7pm at the library.

Couple quick updates:

1. We are very pleased to announce that we are hosting Bill Young from the Florida Solar Energy Center April 23-25. Bill is a national expert in solar power and emergency management. He will be joining Chief Bracy (York’s Emergency . . . → Read More: YEEC Monthly Meeting on April 8

Mainers rally to support solar and oppose CMP rate hike

The following is an extensive excerpt from the April 5, 2014 ReVision Energy Newsletter:

Hundreds of solar supporters packed Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearings on April 2 and 3, 2014, as the PUC took public comment about a controversial rate case that would substantially hurt solar’s ROI in Maine.

. . . → Read More: Mainers rally to support solar and oppose CMP rate hike

Solar Paired With Storage Is Approaching Grid Parity

Accelerating changes in technology are making the combination of solar photovoltaics and battery storage potentially more cost-effective than either one alone.

In October 2012, as Superstorm Sandy rocked the East Coast, 75 residents gathered in the Midtown Community School in Bayonne, New Jersey.

The elementary school was operating as an emergency shelter, giving people who . . . → Read More: Solar Paired With Storage Is Approaching Grid Parity

100 panels on 100 schools

To view Eric Hopkins’ proposed plan to double Maine’s Solar Energy output and provide emergency power to storm shelters, click on the following link: 100 Panels on 100 Schools.

This document is a graphically-rich copy of his 16-page presentation in PDF format.

Monthly YEEC meeting Feb. 11

Greetings Everyone!

Energy Meeting is tomorrow night – 7pm at the library.

I’ve been working hard on my “100 panels on a 100 schools” project.

In recent months I’ve been making a lot of progress – including recent meetings with Congressman Michaud and Democratic Senatorial candidate, Shenna Bellows to present the idea in more detail. . . . → Read More: Monthly YEEC meeting Feb. 11

Public hearing on LD 1652, An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine

Maine Interfaith Power and Light is a volunteer led non-profit organization which partners with faith groups of all religions to counter climate change and work for a sustainable future. MEIPL recently sent out the following call-to-action to their members:

Dear MEIPL Supporter, On Tuesday January 21st, the Legislature’s Energy Committee has a public hearing on . . . → Read More: Public hearing on LD 1652, An Act to Support Solar Energy Development in Maine

Dec. 10 YEEC meeting

Greetings Everyone!

Our next meeting is this Tuesday at the York Public Library at 7pm.

We are still hard at work on bringing more solar to schools in Maine – and combining them with battery back-ups to provide emergency power during a disaster event.

I have a lot of updates to share – and want . . . → Read More: Dec. 10 YEEC meeting

Eliot Saves Big with Solar Panels on Town Garage

The town of Eliot is already benefiting from an arrangement that both saves taxpayer dollars and is good for the environment.

Last summer, 150 solar panels were installed on the roof of the town garage on Route 236. Today, they are working so well that they power the garage and the transfer station, with enough . . . → Read More: Eliot Saves Big with Solar Panels on Town Garage

YEEC monthly meeting at Tuesday 7pm – 24 hours of Reality, Marketfest, and coverage/video of plug-in ceremony

Greetings Everyone!

Our next meeting is this Tuesday at the York Public Library at 7pm.

Plugging In Ceremony The plugging-in ceremony was amazingly successful. Thanks so much to all of you who were with us in person or in spirit. I’m sure many of you have seen the coverage in the newspaper, but if you’d . . . → Read More: YEEC monthly meeting at Tuesday 7pm – 24 hours of Reality, Marketfest, and coverage/video of plug-in ceremony

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