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Colby-Sawyer College Hosts Discussion of Solar Energy for Homes, Businesses as Part of Sustainable Living Series

NEW LONDON, N.H., Feb. 13, 2013 - Colby-Sawyer College's Environmental Science and Environmental Studies third-year students will host “Solarize Your Community: A Presentation by ReVision Energy.” The event is the latest installment of the college's Sustainable Living Series, a cooperative, community-based research project to help build the infrastructure for a Transition Town initiative in the Kearsarge Valley.

Focusing on the role of solar energy in a sustainable community, the presentation will be held Saturday, Feb 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Clements Hall in the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center. There is no cost to attend the presentation and it is open to the public.

ReVision Energy's New Hampshire Sales Manager Stephen Condon will educate consumers about the cost-effective benefits of solar systems for homes and businesses, which include: group discount information, the return of investment on solar systems, and the benefits to the environment through reduced CO2 emissions. Attendees will be able to ask questions and view Colby-Sawyer's on-campus solar photovoltaic system.

Condon developed his passion for the environment during his youth in California, where he grew up in a solar-powered home built by his father. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Condon spent five years building homes in Northern California. Since returning to New Hampshire in 2008, his main interest has been to reduce Northern New England's dependence on fossil energy with the use of active solar energy systems. Condon is an active board member on the Seacoast Renewable Energy Initiative (SEAREI) and is converting his home to solar energy systems, with plans to eliminate his use of fossil fuels.

ReVision Energy is Maine and New Hampshire's leading installer of grid-tied solar electric and solar hot-water renewable energy systems, and it has completed more than 3,000 installations since 2003. A full-service company, ReVision offers in-house design, engineering, installation and service with a staff of licensed and insured technicians and engineers.

The Transition Towns project brings local individuals, businesses and organizations together into a network committed to improving the well-being and resilience of the community. Drawing upon the ideas, skills and experiences of the initiative's members, the group is committed to developing positive localized solutions to address the regional impacts of larger global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.

To learn more about the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative and the upcoming presentation with ReVision Energy, visit

-Kellie M. Spinney

Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire.

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