Cost-Saving and Climate-Friendly: Accelerating On-Farm Solar in the Granite State

Catch up with the NH Food Alliance's November 2021 Network Cafe

On November 5, the NH Food Alliance hosted its monthly Network Cafe with solar professionals, farmers who have transitioned to solar power, and other knowledgeable network members to network and learn more about integrating solar power on New Hampshire farms and the benefits: energy efficiency, climate resiliency, and viable cost saving opportunities for farmers in the Granite State. 

Watch the entire Network Cafe below! Browse resources and links from participants and panelists that were shared by attendees and presenters below as well. And feel free to follow along with the agenda HERE >>


Agrivoltaics— grazing under solar panels, research opportunity to study the agricultural viability/climate assessment of growing under panels. WATCH MORE HERE
Growing Crops Under Solar Panels Could Substantially Boost Energy Production
Power Above, Berries Below: Farmers Reap Double Benefits With Solar Power in Fields - EcoWatch
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript - Rindge’s Sun Moon Farm to participate in a community solar project
Community supported solar array installed on NH farm | Morning Ag Clips
The Evolution of Rural Solar: from Panel Monocrops to Multiple Land Uses - RMI


Green Hill Farm in Sutton, an off-grid solar power farm, worked with the Merrimack County Conservation District and Peter Martel to apply for a Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy grant to double/triple the size of new system help to power an on farm processing center. 

NH Community Development Finance Authority's Clean Energy Fund provides low-interest clean energy loans, energy efficiency audit grants, and energy technical assistance to NH Farms. EMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION


Chris Lent  is an Agricultural Specialist at The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). NCAT is developing an Agrisolar Information Clearinghouse website that will hopefully be live later this month. CONTACT CHRIS

Eric Frauwrith, at The Wilbur H. Palmer Career and Technical Education Center, is currently incorporating solar into their natural resources programs and educational programming for farms looking to move into solar EMAIL ERIC 

Coming up on Friday, December 3, the NH Food Alliance will host a conversation about their upcoming Local Foods Promotion Program grant application, in the hopes to involve network partners and  collaborate on initiatives and projects related to NH Eats Local and NH Farm to School. More information to come! Please REGISTER HERE >>