Solar added to home with volunteer efforts

A solar “barn raiser” for a home on Old County Road in Dublin, took place on Saturday conducted by a team of 14 volunteers. Paul Liscord, owner of Mulberry Tree Builders, a green construction company, volunteered to lead folks from Nelson, Hancock, Bennington, Temple, Jaffrey and Rindge as they joined hands to help the Dublin family switch from heating their water with fossil fuels to welcoming the power of the sun.

The homeowners had wanted solar energy for their home for some time. When they learned that it had become more affordable through the efforts of a new grassroots organization, the Monadnock Energy Resources Initiative, they seized the opportunity.

MERI’s goal is to bring reduced-cost renewable installations and weatherization work to the region using the neighbors-helping-neighbors model of volunteer labor. Recipients of the work are asked to pass the favor forward by pitching in on one or more projects down the line and by preparing a hearty lunch for the volunteers. In the process, connections and friends are made and solar energy knowledge is shared.

To participate in MERI, or view a PowerPoint with photos from the work, or if you are a certified energy auditor seeking to borrow auditing equipment from MERI’s equipment loan program, email monadnockenergyresources@gmail.com. To see several testimonials and a few weatherization and solar install photos go to www.monadnockenergy.org.

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