Community Solar Forum in Hinesburg, Tue April 22nd

From the Hinesburg Energy Committee:

community solar

Community Solar Forum Tuesday April 22nd, 2014   7 PM
Hinesburg Town Hall, Hinesburg Vermont 

Please join us for an evening forum on Community Solar. As our towns and villages shift to renewable energy, homes that do not have good access to the sun and would like to use electricity produced from solar photovoltaic panels can participate in community solar.  Nick Ziter, from SunFarms Community Solar will present along with Jeff Forward from Richmond who has installed a group net metered solar pv array on his property. We will also discuss the financing options for these systems.

Community solar has been demonstrated to be a very viable option for towns and this forum will explore how towns can get started installing their own pv system.

Sponsored by the Hinesburg Energy Committee.  Hinesburg Town Hall Tuesday April 22, 2014 7 PM

For info contact Chuck Reiss 482-3295

Tour Energy Efficient Houses in Burlington and South Burlington April 26th

From the South Burlington Energy Committee:

Energy Efficient Open Houses-Saturday, April 26th
High heating bills this past winter?
House colder and draftier than usual?
Come visit homes where owners have made energy efficiency improvements to save $$ and to make their homes more comfortable.
Energy Efficiency Open Houses
Saturday, April 26th. from 10AM to 1PM four (4) energy efficient homes will be open.  Visit the homes, talk with the owners and/or the contractor doing the work and learn how you can save $$ and make your home more comfortable next winter.
The Energy Efficient homes are located at:
  • 88 Lakewood Pkwy – Burlington
  • 112 Adams Street –   Burlington
  • 24 School Street –      Burlington
  • 34 Sunset Avenue –    South Burlington
Go to, to see an interactive map of the homes locations and a brief description of the efficiency improvements made to each home.
Sponsored by the Energy Committees of Burlington and South Burlington
Contact:  Ron McGarvey, 802-865-4424,

Years of Living Dangerously this Sunday has organized viewing parties for the premiere of the new Showtime climate change series Years of Living Dangerously: scroll down for information on where to join others to see it, or check it out yourself at home.

Produced by James Cameron of Titanic and Avatar fame (among many other movies, of course), the series employs correspondents like Harrison Ford, Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, and others to explore the impacts climate change has already made on the planet. Here’s the trailer:


Watch Parties

Venue: My Living Room
Location: Burlington, Vermont, VT
Time: Sunday, April 13, 7:00 PM
You can RSVP here:

Venue: AO Glass Studio
Location: Burlington, VT
Time: Sunday, April 13, 4:00 PM
You can RSVP here:

Venue: My living room
Location: Charlotte, VT
Time: Sunday, April 13, 7:00 PM
You can RSVP here:

Sustainable Williston to Install Tidal Power at Lake Iroquois

Sustainable Williston has received a grant from the Eccentric Billionaire Foundation to plan and execute a tidal electricity generation facility in Lake Iroquois. The new tidal generation plant, which will take 120 years to build, will be about four times the size of the existing lake.

artist’s conception of tidal power facility

“We anticipate this may limit fishing, swimming, and some recreational activities,” said unofficial SW spokesperson Luc Reid, “but on the up side, with global warming we’ll soon be able to swim and fish in our back yards!”

As a follow-up project, SW is devising plans for a town-wide heating system based on harnessing the frustration of the American people at the inability of Congress to do absolutely anything. “American frustration is an incredible source of untapped power,” said Reid. “The heat generated by a single day of congressional dilly-dallying could warm the toes of 18,000,000 children, or fry a free-range egg omelette reaching from here to the moon.”