New Hampshire Nursing Home Goes Off Grid

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There are good ways and bad ways to inject renewable energy into the energy equation.  This story about the Glencliff Home (Benton, New Hampshire) in the Union Leader demonstrates two good ways to generate renewable energy in Northern New England–microhydro and biomass.

The Glencliff Home, a health care facility on the side of Mount Moosilauke, is the only state facility operating entirely off the grid.

And it will stay that way, thanks to almost $4 million in federal dollars to upgrade a hydrowheel and install a new wood-chip burning biomass plant. The project continues a tradition of self-sufficiency that dates back to 1906.

This kind of power could generate cheap electricity that is needed to help fuel a boom in manufacturing in Northern New England.  Since many towns were once mill towns fueled by microhydro or biomass in the first place, the basic infrastructure already exists in many places.  We just need to breathe new life into them.

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