Town of Hancock, New Hampshire, 03449

Hancock Energy AdvisoryTeam

Minutes of Meeting, Town Offices, December 8, 2011

 

Present:  Tom Faber, Phil Jones, John Jordan

Absent:   Al Daniels, Nancy Gamble, Kurt Grassett, John Hayes, Hank Huber, Amy Sulborski

 

The meeting convened at 7:07 PM upstairs

Minutes of Meeting, October 13, 2011 were approved.

 

Educational Program – Given the emergent Monadnock area-wide initiative to install solar hot water heating units in private homes, HEAT decided to discontinue work on a pellet stove technology fair at the Harris Center.   Instead, we will sponsor an informational program on the new program, now named The Monadnock Energy Resources Initiative (MERI). We will view the video on January 12, 2012 in committee, and likely present it to the town in February. Phil will coordinate with Amy Marcus for the use of the projection equipment and Daniels Room.

John cautioned that the town must have no role in the MERI project.

 

Micro Loans – tabled until Kurt Grassett returns

 

Solar Hot Water installations – The MERI group has now met three times with representatives from some fifteen towns in the region. It is now a member of the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI), and is thus privy to special consultative benefits. The steering committee is arranging for bylaws and a host 501 c 3.  Seed grants are pending.

 

Direct Purchase, etc.  Currently, the idea is being evaluated by the Hancock Improvement Assorciation, the 501 c 3 that buried the wires at the Commons.  Phil pitched the concept to Mary Covington and Regina Bringolf.  Regina is conferring with Keith Theibault of the Southwest Services, Inc.. John cautioned that the town must have no role in the project.

 

Energy Audit, ambient temperatures, and annual report – Kurt will be completing another audit, hopefully comparable to the prior two data sets we completed.  Tom will replicate the ambient temp studies.  Phil  will prepare data for the annual report and town meeting reflecting the improvements experienced as a result of the weatherization of town building and the new solar photovoltaic arrays.

 

New Members:  John reported that new members, to be official, need to send a letter to the Select Board Chair, Roberta LaPlant, requesting appointment to the HEAT committee.  This would pertain to A. Daniels, H. Huber, and J. Hayes.  No other new members are in sight.

 

Sundance Solar Proposal – At the request of Mike Fallon (Commons Commissioner), Phil called a number of solar providers regarding potential PV powered lights for the flag and the church. Only one of many showed interest in such a project and the Sundance proposal was passed on to the Common's Commission (Dick Warner) on November 17, 2011.  A copy of the Sundance proposal was circulated.

 

Solar Magic proposal -  Phil circulated at proposal by SolarMagic  (Egon AliOglu) to install a PV sunflower object d' art at the Hancock Elementary School.  The conspicuous object might encourage youth's interest in photovoltaic energy.  The committee felt it would be appropriate to forward the proposal to the HES for consideration.

 

New Meeting times:  We agreed to continue meeting on the second Thursday at 7:00 PM.  The next meeting will be on January 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

 

There being no further business, the committee adjourned at 8:05  PM

 

Respectfully, Phil Jones, Facilitator & Secretary pro temp                                          ###