Past Workshops and Events

Imagine what Plainfield would look like powered completely by renewable energy...
Why should our town commit to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050?
Find out what that would mean for you. Come to the public presentation on
Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
7:00pm - 9:000pm
Plainfield Town Hall
Rt 12A, Plainfield
Bring your questions, concerns and ideas.

For more information click here

Did you know that driving on electricity is about 5 times cheaper than fueling with gasoline? Electric vehicles have 100x fewer moving parts than gasoline-powered cars, which means much lower maintenance costs. No more thrown belts or blown gaskets. No more oil changes! This is just one example of why it just makes sense to adopt renewable energy.

Battery Power! What can it do for you?
Monday, Oct 16, 2017
7:00pm - 9:000pm
Cornish Elementary School Cafeteria
274 Town House Rd, Cornish, NH

* How can renewable energy be stored when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing?
* Learn about existing and emerging technologies for battery backup power
* How smart batteries like Tesla Powerwall and Sonnen do so much more than just store energy
* Whole home battery systems
* Utility scale battery systems

Join us for an informative discussion presented by Kim Quirk of Enfield Energy Emporium and Bill Bender of Solaflect

Button Up Weatherization Program
Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017
7:00pm - 9:000pm
Plainfield Elementary School Music Room

Button Up workshops are designed to provide homeowners with information and techniques to help them save money on home energy use. The presentation is conducted by an independent certified energy professional. Participants will learn basic building science concepts and learn the basics about air sealing, insulating, and conservation measures that reduce fuel and electricity use.

Presented as part of the Plainfield and Cornish Energy Committees' Renewable Energy Educational Series

Upper Valley Electric Vehicle Expo
Saturday, Sept 9, 2017
12:00noon - 4:000pm
Dothan Brook School
2300 Christian St (US 5) White River Junction, VT

Step into the future of sustainable transportation.
Experience the thrill of riding or driving an electric car or bicycle.
Drive a Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model S or X, Nissan Leaf, or BMW i3.
Learn how to charge your car with free electricity from solar panels.
Meet with enthusiastic electric car owners and local olar installers.
Checkout the indoor exhibits and listen to informative presentations on EV efficiency and affordability.

Free admission. Free refreshements. Free raffle for registered attendees.
Sign up at or for more information call 802.291.3939 or email

You may never pump gas again!

The 2017 Upper Valley Electric Expo is a joint effort of Vital Communities, Upper Valley Sierra Club, and local Town Energy committees including the Plainfield and Cornish Energy Committees.

The Messenger
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Philip Read Memorial Library, 1088 NH-12A, Plainfield, NH 03781

The Plainfield & Cornish Energy Committees’ RENEWABLE ENERGY EDUCATIONAL SERIES teams up with The Meriden Bird Club and with co-sponsorship by Hanover Conservancy to present the film The Messenger

“The Messenger is particularly effective at sounding the alarm because it makes the issue highly personal. With exclusive footage, and high-tech cinematography, the movie offers an intimate look at the plight of the songbird. Stunning flight sequences...are conveyed in slow motion, making the complexities of wing movement, control, and rhythm visible to the human eye.” – The New York Times

Heating without Oil: Affordable home heating with renewable energy
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Philip Read Memorial Library, 1088 NH-12A, Plainfield, NH 03781

64% of Home Energy is used for heating

Hear from local area experts about the latest developments in
 Heating and Cooling ideas
 Energy Efficiency
 Heat Pumps
 Geothermal Systems
Followed by Q&A

Speakers and Topics:
• Ian Pahl (Revision Energy) Cold Climate Heat Pumps for heating and cooling
• Kim Quirk (Energy Emporium and Owner of a Net Zero home) Using solar thermal, geothermal & modern wood heat
• Bill Knight (Plainfield Elementary School) Energy Conservation in older structures & efficient heating systems
• Bill Cable (Early renewable adopter) DIY Heat pump installation

Community Solar Workshop
Thursday, April 27, 2017
6:00pm - 7:30pm
at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover

Sustainable Hanover will present Opportunities for Community Solar in New Hampshire

Learn about community solar in New Hampshire and group net metering, legal aspects and funding opportunities for landowners, non-profits and businesses. The presentation and workshop will include a panel discussion and Q&A, with time to meet vendors before and after the presentation.

Co-sponsored by the Plainfield Energy Committee
Click here for more information.

Solar Expo 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm
at the Kilton Public Library, West Lebanon

Act now before Net Metering Tariffs change (and PV Solar electricity becomes more expensive)
· Find out more about PV solar installation options
· Talk with members from area Energy Committees
· Have your questions answered by experts from local solar installation companies
· Sign up for site visits
· Learn about DIY options

Co-sponsored by the Cornish, Lebanon and Enfield Energy Committees

Whats the Big Deal About Carbon? Why should we be interested in where it goes?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Plainfield Elementary School Music Room

The first presentation of the Renewable Energy Educational Series
Presented by the Plainfield and Cornish Energy Committees

Tom Lord explains how our use of fossil fuels has disrupted the natural carbon cycle. Fossil fuels which are carbon-rich and were deposited into the ground millions of years ago are now being withdrawn as coal, oil, and natural gas. These are turned into energy and then released into the environment. We only have so much carbon we can spend before it throws the whole natural carbon cycle off kilter. In addition, it raises the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere. This will warm the planet with important consequences to the climate. Why should we be interested? Let’s learn more and what we can do about it.

There will be a question & answer period following the talk and refreshments! Bring your friends and family. Spread the word!

Tom Lord has 25 years of teaching experience, currently teaching courses in Environmental Chemistry and Inquiry to Science at Kimball Union Academy. He obtained a BA from Dartmouth College and JD from the University of Maryland. He worked as an attorney for the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources and went on to practice in the Upper Valley working with companies and nonprofits on environmental compliance issues. He also taught at Dartmouth College and coached lacrosse at Hanover High.

Feb 18 2015 Are You Ready For Solar
An informational seminar on what you need to know to decide if a solar electric system is right for you. on Thurs, Feb 18 at 7pm at the Phillip Read Memorial (Plainfield) Library.

March 17, 2015 Solar Installers Expo
at the Plainfield school.

Nov 2014 Community Solar Seminar
An introductory seminar on Community Solar was help on Tuesday, Nov 11. The keynote speaker wass Eric Shenholm, who talked about his experience setting up a 28kW collective solar PV electric system in Saxtons River, VT. The generated power is shared by participating residents of Saxtons River employing group net metering and the installation was done by the residents themselves.

Vermont is way ahead of New Hampshire in that they have established regulations, economic incentives and a supportive legal structures governing alternate energy generation. The rules and regulations governing group net metering are in the process of being revised by the Public Utilities Commission and NH Legislature, and the way community solar may be implemented in NH will very likely be different than in Vermont.

This was one perspective on how collective solar can be accomplished, and touched upon topics such as organizing community project efforts, DIY ground mount installations, and net metering. The goal was to provide informtion so that we are prepared for when community solar arrives in NH.

As a follow up to the Vital Community's Solarize Cornish-Plainfield initiative, our Energy Committees will focus on community solar activities that will take advantage of our own resources to share knowledge about alternative PV installation options, to lower costs of installation, and provide more solar options to more people in our two towns.

May 2014 Wooden Window Restoration
Many of us in Plainfield live in old houses with wooden windows that have become leaky and ill-fitting over the centuries. Frustrated with the draftiness and aware that fuel bill dollars are flying out these cracks, many of us become resigned to the idea that our windows must be replaced. Surprisingly, wood window restoration is an appealing alternative; in terms of durability, energy efficiency, cost savings, environmental benefits and preservation of historical character and craft, wood window restoration with the addition of energy-efficient storm windows may be a more sustainable option.

Several window restorers will be coming to Plainfield during the month of February to evaluate and provide estimates on our Town Hall windows in Meriden. If you would like to arrange a site visit at the same time, or would like to discuss the restoration process, contact a member of the Energy Committee.

For your information, here is a list of window restoration contractors and a list of resources about restoration.