08/01/2023 EC Minutes
TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
2155 Main Street
Bethlehem, NH 03574
Bethlehem Energy Commission
Tuesday Aug 1, 2023
Bethlehem Energy Commissioners: Chuck Phillips, Alex Graziano, Bruce Caplain, David Van Houten, Dan Crosby and Mary Lou Krambeer. Excused: Tiffany Miller, Scott Caisse
Mission The Bethlehem Energy Commission encourages and supports economically and environmentally sensible energy practices in Bethlehem, NH.
Minutes from June meeting -motion to approve David, second by Bruce. Approved unanimously.
Public input — none
Town solar project – David will contact Robert Blechl and Angel Larcom to write articles. Working on a live solar link on the town website.
ELECTIVE Pay – any solar turned on this year will give us a 30% refund. Rules still in process. Apply in the Fall to IRS. Funding will come in May. Idea: let’s think of reusing dollars saved from our projects and put it into a fund for future energy efficiency projects.
To Do: Bruce and Melissa to contact Hanover and other towns for setting up and funding an energy fund from the savings of energy efficiency projects.
Village District wastewater: revised wastewater solar contract returned. Village District to meet next week to sign contract. David will attend meeting. $ have been approved by voters. NBRC grant for $110,000 is pending, decision coming by August 31.
Village District water: Next BEC project: solar at water plant. We need a DES audit. Has been requested waiting on decision from DES on timing of visit.
Main Street Solar – Bruce, Chuck and Gabe working on this project. They will apply on Oct 1. REEP grant will cover 50% — PMR, Super Secret, Maia Papaya, and Rosa’s (as each building has a new roof and is ready to go)
Solar tax exemption – the Town has a $25k solar tax exemption, should that be increased? Should we change wording to a 100% tax exemption for solar arrays that are net metered or off-grid. This excludes utility scale producers. Having it used where it is used. Melissa will look into what other towns are doing. Dan will think deeply.
EV Chargers – Select Board has received two bids on the RFP to investigate the process of installing a municipal EV Charger. Proposals due: August 15
SB letter to Eversource – Mary Lou will ask Clean Energy NH what they are working on with the PUC. Perhaps a letter from our Town could help advance current initiatives underway. (This request was suggested in public input by Barry Ziter at our last meeting.)
Building code – there is a grant to update the building code. Bruce will talk to Code Enforcement Officer.
Everything else – Community Power person would like to meet with the Town of Bethlehem in October. Bruce will send us dates. David will place this on the September agenda.
Adjourn at 7:03
Next meeting: Tue., Sept. 12 at 6:00 at Bethlehem Library
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83190509297