From 9am until 3pm

At Nature Learning Center

Tin Mountain area Renewable Energy Initiative, or TMREI, was created in the fall of 2010 to address the need for solar energy in the Mount Washington Valley. Based on the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative’s (PAREI) model of neighbor-helping-neighbor community energy raisers, TMREI relies on the power of volunteers to lower installation costs and strengthen community bonds. Solar thermal systems use energy from the sun to heat water or other liquids for low-cost and environmentally friendly energy.

In its 5 years of existence, TMREI has helped with the installation of a handful of solar thermal systems on homes in both Maine and New Hampshire. The program has been on hiatus recently due to lack of projects, but Tin Mountain is excited to re-energize (pun intended!) the program again this weekend on our newly completed intern cabin. The cabin resides behind the Nature Learning Center on Bald Hill in Albany and houses not only our seasonal research interns, but guest presenters as well.

The energy raiser is scheduled for Saturday, November 21st starting at 9am. All are welcome to help out or just stop by to view the process. We encourage participation – no specialized skills necessary! Weather permitting, the installation of the system will be complete by mid-afternoon on Saturday. The energy raiser will involve mounting flat plate collectors on the southern roof of the intern cabin and. Lunch will be provided as well as the opportunity to learn more about affordable solar energy options. In the event of inclement weather, the energy raiser will be held on Sunday, November 22nd. For more information call Tin Mountain at 447-6991.