Tin Mountain Conservation Center partnered with the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) in fall 2010 to form a local arm of the organization. PAREI is known for their community energy raisers, a neighbor-helping-neighbor concept of installing solar hot water systems on residential homes. The volunteer component of energy raisers lowers the cost of installation, provides local tradespeople a showcase for their skills, and strengthens bonds within a community.  Representatives from both PAREI and Tin Mountain will be presenting at this month’s EcoForum on Thursday, September 8th from noon-1pm at the Nature Learning Center in Albany.

PAREI is a non-profit citizen’s organization whose mission is “to encourage energy conservation and energy efficiency practices and to promote the use of renewable energy in thePlymouth,NHregion. This is done through education, community building, increasing accessibility to professional energy-related services, and by developing and sharing our model with other communities.” Peter Adams, founder and co-director, and Irene Garvey, president of board, will be presenting for PAREI. Peter’s home in Campton, NH, was the site of PAREI’s first energy raiser in 2005. 

It was apparent the desire for local renewable energy options was present in the Mount Washington Valley when over thirty-five individuals show up to the first informational meeting at Tin Mountain last fall.  Designated the Tin Mountain area Renewable Energy Initiative, or TMREI, the local arm hit the ground running with an energy raiser scheduled before we even had a volunteer base! In the past 10 months, TMREI has completed 2 energy raisers in the area and has another scheduled for September 17th. Interested in participating or just learning more? You won’t want to miss this EcoForum!

Tin Mountain’s EcoForum series is FREE and open to the public. Enjoy free pizza from series sponsor The Flatbread Company, cookies from Rockhouse Mountain Baker, coffee from Frontside Grind.