Click HERE to view video presentation by Jack Barnett at the SEEDS Annual General Membership Meeting 9-16-14

Clean Energy Co-op

Clean Energy Co-Op

Announcing the new Clean Energy Cooperative Inc.
Developing Community through Clean Energy in Northeast PA

Break out the champagne—or wheatgrass juice, or whatever— the Clean Energy Cooperative of Northeast Pennsylvania is now accepting members!

Developed by SEEDS over the last 12 months, this Clean Energy Cooperative will make clean energy solutions affordable for our local non-profits and community organizations.  We will do this by financing the upfront costs of solar panels and other renewable energy systems, enabling these wonderful local organizations to stretch their payments over a 20 year period, all while saving on their utility bills.

Your one-time Co-op membership fee of $100 provides the operating funds to help set up the Co-op. These costs are minimal as we have a group of dedicated volunteers running the Co-op, but there are always a few expenses. The other side of the win/win equation is that Co-op members have a direct say in the future of renewable energy in rural northeast Pennsylvania by:

  • having a ‘one member = one vote’ in the Cooperative,
  • helping us identify more members,
  • helping us identify Co-op projects, and
  • the future opportunity to consider funding in a Co-op project, by providing some of the upfront capital, with a modest return over a twenty year payback (and we will have lots of information on how that works and how that’s structured).

Or your role can stop with simply joining a worthwhile cause for our area and the planet.

You can be one of the first 25 members to join by going to http://www.CleanEnergy.Coop. Or you can wait and hear more about it at the SEEDS General Membership Meeting on September 16. But why wait? By being one of the first 25 members, you get (drum roll please) to tell your children, your cat, your neighbors, your houseplants, that you were one of the original 25 members of the Clean Energy Cooperative of Northeast Pennsylvania, thereby taking a stand for Mother Earth.

These buttons have additional ways to learn about and get connected with the Clean Energy Co-op, or call Michele on 570-224-0052:

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We at SEEDS are proud to have helped birth this community-owned organization and glad to have them as a partner with us working on a sustainable future for all!
– Kathy Dodge, SEEDS Chair
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To view August 14, 2014 WNEP news coverage, click here:  http://wnep.com/2014/08/14/power-to-save-solar-energy-at-habitat-for-humanity-home/

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA and Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County Pennsylvania partnered to introduce solar technology to Habitat families.

Last year, SEEDS approached Habitat for Humanity  to introduce them to solar technology. Habitat was already dedicated to building energy efficiency homes for their families, but were not familiar with solar.

SEEDS is a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living. Habitat is dedicated to building energy efficiency homes for qualified families who might not otherwise be able to afford a home. Keeping energy costs down, and maximizing energy efficiency helps Habitat families succeed in their home ownership.

SEEDS’ objective was to compare the energy use before and after the solar installation so that energy savings could be analyzed. SEEDS hopes that this experience will result in Habitat using solar technology on future homes.

Habitat Home with Solar thermal system

In May, the John and Helen Villaume Foundation awarded SEEDS a grant to purchase a solar thermal hot water system. In June, SEEDS volunteers worked with Habitat volunteer to select a home. Several were considered and evaluated using a solar pathfinder device. In late June, a home was selected, and the system was ordered. A Habitat home owner, Cindy Mills of Waymart PA received the system and it was installed on July 7th, 2014.  Her roof was pointed in a good direction, allowing for maximum sun throughout the day, and she had no trees shading the spot were the panel would be installed. The entire process would not be possible without the generous donation of time and expertise from Blair Buselli of Buselli Solutions, a family run heating/plumbing/electrical and now SOLAR business based in Beach Lake, PA. Blair received his first solar training through a SEEDS sponsored program in 2009.  Blair has since become a PA and NY approved solar installer, and is a NABCEP (The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Certified Installer.

SEEDS is grateful to all the Habitat volunteers for their enthusiasm on this partnership. We wish to thank all our SEEDS volunteers who made this happen. And we would also like to thank Cindy, who is so enthusiastic about her new solar thermal system, and has allowed us to tour her home with press and folks who want to see the system and learn more about it.

Close up on solar thermal panel against beautiful blue sky

Cindy’s electricity use will be monitored to see what the energy savings are from her new solar thermal system. SEEDS hopes this installation teaches others about solar technology. We are happy to have partnered with Habitat, brining solar technology to lower income families, and we hope this experience leads to other solar installations.

Although solar systems have been used on Habitat homes in other states, we have not yet been able to find an instance of this happening in Pennsylvania.  SEEDS and Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County may be making a bit of history here!

Clyde Kreider in Habitat Basement with solar tank

SEEDS Videos:

Solar Installer Blair Buselli talks about how a solar thermal hot water system works

Buselli Part 2

Habitat home owner Cindy,talks about her new solar thermal hot water system

Wayne County Habitat President Mark Graziadio, talks about the benefits of solar

Clyde Kreider- Head of Wayne County Habitat Building Committee

 

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County Pennsylvania, call (570) 251-8115 or email hfh18431@verizon.net.

 

SEEDS sponsored a  full bus to the People’s Climate Change demonstration to New York City on Sunday, September 21.   World leaders gathered at the UN for a landmark summit on climate change and people came from all parts of the country as well as gathering in cities and villages across the world, urging action.  
 
In past years, SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support of NEPA based in Honesdale, has held local demonstrations and gone to Washington DC urging the government to take action to keep the carbon in the atmosphere below 350 parts per million.  As it has well exceeded that, SEEDS now is taking this concern to world leaders in what is hoped will be the largest climate support demonstration in the history of the United States.
 
“Each of us does day to day things to show Mother Earth we care, like recycling and turning out the lights.  This is an opportunity to go beyond and physically join with people all over the world,” said Seeds member, Michele Sands.
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What is SEEDS?

 

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA is a community benefit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping area residents and businesses save energy, improve energy efficiency and install renewable energy. Our goals include reducing carbon emissions to protect our environment and helping support our local economy.

You can read more  about our educational forums and training programs, as well as some of the energy efficiency projects and partnerships in the works.

If this work appeals to you, and you would like to become a member, donate or volunteer, we would love to hear from you.

Please call our Executive Director, Jocelyn Cramer, at (570) 245 – 1256 or email her at: jocelyncramer@seedsgroup.net.

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SEEDS has worked with PPL’s E-power team to help spread the word about energy rebates available to PPL customers. One under-utilized offering is a free, no obligation, energy assessment for our local farmers! Famers have saved 35 – 65% of equipment costs through E-power rebates. Additionally, they are saving every year on electricity costs. Please help us spread the word so the folks that might  benefit, know about this opportunity!

Click for the full brochure describing the offer.

Click this link to their site with full details.

To schedule a free farm energy assessment, or for further information, call 1-866-306-6557.   Tell them SEEDS sent you!

Everyone wants to save money and energy, especially if you’re thinking of building a new house or for any major renovation. A public presentation on Tuesday, July 15th will address how to design, model and construct high performance, super-insulated homes, even to point of having the building be zero net-energy, i.e. where all the annual energy it uses is less than the energy generated. All are welcome to attend this free forum at the Park Street Complex (648 Park Street) in Honesdale from  7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Rob Lewis and Jack Barnett will lead the discussion, which will include super-insulated walls designs for air tight envelopes, passive gains for lighting, heating and cooling, household systems and appliances for energy conservation and modeling the whole building’s energy usage to properly size an energy generation system, such as solar photovoltaic.

Rob Lewis lives in Shavertown, PA and is a principal with Bakker & Lewis Architects. Jack Barnett is a SEEDS board member, interim board president of the newly formed Clean Energy Cooperative Inc. for Wayne and Pike counties, and owner of a ‘nearly’ zero net-energy solar home near Hawley, PA. Rob has been personally and professionally interested in high performance buildings since 1980. He and his partner, Margaret Bakker, designed Jack’s house, which was completed in 2008.

“We want to keep people informed about the latest developments in home building methods for maximum energy efficiency,” says SEEDS Executive Director, Jocelyn Cramer. “This forum will be highly useful to those in the building trades, and anyone interested in renovations to their present home or considering new construction.”

 

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What is SEEDS?

SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA is a community benefit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping area residents and businesses save energy, improve energy efficiency and install renewable energy. Our goals include reducing carbon emissions to protect our environment and helping support our local economy.

You can read more  about our educational forums and training programs, as well as some of the energy efficiency projects and partnerships in the works.

If this work appeals to you, and you would like to become a member, donate or volunteer, we would love to hear from you.

Please call our Executive Director, Jocelyn Cramer, at (570) 245 – 1256 or email her at: jocelyncramer@seedsgroup.net.

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SEEDS is looking for a few volunteers to help with these tasks:

  1. Email Manager – Check one of our incoming email addresses a few times a week and help address or forward messages as needed. Small time commitment – less than 1 hour per week – can do completely from home.
  2. Membership Coordinator – Help us update our membership lists and email lists. Enter new names as needed; update records as needed. Small time commitment – a few hours per month – can do completely from home, and meet a few times a year with our Executive Director in our office.
  3. Project Coordinators–Help us administer one of our energy efficiency programs. Volunteers are needed to help communicate with people and/or businesses who are signing up to save energy. Medium time commitment –some emails and calls each month, logging data about energy use provided to us. Also can be done from home.
  4. Forum Assistance – Help us plan our educational forums! This involves helping our Executive Director and other volunteers plan and facilitate our energy educational forums. This is a small time commitment, and can be lots of fun and very informative! Can be done mostly from your home.
  5. Partnership Coordinators – Help us develop our partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, The Stoneworks Learning Center, and Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center.  Medium time commitment and can be done mostly from home.
  6. Press Agent – Help us submit online press releases to media outlets. Small time commitment: once a month – about 1 -2 hours tops!
  7. Office Help – Come help us in the office whenever you have some extra time – stuffing and stamping envelopes, filing, etc. Or volunteer to work a couple hours each week. Let us know what time works best for you!

SEEDS is also interested in accommodating you if you have a special skill or interest in something other than what is listed above.

Talk to us! We’d love to have you help out!

SEEDS has worked with PPL’s E-power team to help spread the word about energy rebates available to PPL customers. One under-utilized offering is a free, no obligation, energy assessment for our local farmers! Famers have saved 35 – 65% of equipment costs through E-power rebates. Additionally, they are saving every year on electricity costs. Please help us spread the word so the folks that might  benefit, know about this opportunity!

Click for the full brochure describing the offer.

Click this link to their site with full details.

To schedule a free farm energy assessment, or for further information, call 1-866-306-6557.   Tell them SEEDS sent you!

 

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GREEN CLEANING

SEEDS and PPL present A free workshop on how and why to clean your home and body without harsh chemicals

Tuesday May 20th at 7:00 pm

at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center Learn to make your own supplies with natural ingredients that are cheaper than store bought cleaning products. Janet Brown, founder of Green Leaf Cleaning will share cleaning recipes with a direct focus on sustainability. Special guest Nora Eisenberg, award winning novelist and reporter of the environmental effects of war, will discuss startling similarities between chemical warfare agents and household cleaning products. Gudrun Feigl of Mount Pleasant Herbary will demonstrate household uses for herbs and spices and how beneficial they are to our well-being. This will be an informative and fun-filled discussion for all in your household! Registration is encouraged, but not required. Email jocelyn@seedsgroup.net or call (570) 245 – 1256

PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center 126 PPL Drive, P.O. Box 122 Hawley, PA 18428-0122GPS Coordinates: N41 27.475 W75 11.02211