DERRY — Local New Hampshire businesses and residents are invited to attend a free event showcasing the benefits of solar power at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry on June 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tupelo is co-hosting the New Hampshire Business Solar Summit with the Derry Net Zero Task Force. It will begin with a half hour of networking, before speakers present.
Speakers include Ashley Haseltine of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce; Nicole Carrier from Throwback Brewery in North Hampton; representatives from ReVision Energy, Clean Energy NH and the NH Small Business Development Center; and task force members Jeff Moulton and Joshua Bourdon, who is also a Derry town councilor.
Task force member Craig Lazinsky said about 50 percent of the energy Throwback uses is solar-produced.
Bourdon said the primary mission of the task force is to reduce taxes for Derry constituents through green energy initiatives, and a secondary goal is to educate the public about green energy options.
“Given our goals, we thought it would be an excellent venue and a great opportunity to put on the first ever NH Business Solar Summit,” Bourdon said.
He said business owners are often too busy to even consider adding solar arrays.
“They just don’t have the time to take on something else, and they don’t realize how simple and easy it is, and the idea of something new is overwhelming,” Bourdon said.
Last year, Tupelo owner Scott Hayward spent about $220,000 to have ReVision Energy install a 100-foot solar array on the roof of the music venue. The array is made up of 313 solar panels, and it generates as much energy as the company uses, which Bourdon said saves the company thousands of dollars every year.
Hayward previously said Enterprise Bank partially financed the project. He anticipates the loan will be paid off in six to seven years.
Hayward will be out of town for the June 5 event.
Lazinsky said about 30 registrants are signed up so far, and he’s hoping there will be somewhere between 50 and 75.
Bourdon said businesses from Derry and beyond are invited, as well as chambers of commerce from throughout the state.
“All chambers throughout the state of New Hampshire are invited,” Bourdon said. “I would ask of them to email their networks about this opportunity.”
Bourdon said this is the first year of the summit, but he hopes to be able to make it a regular event.