Local energy group to hold free solar workshop

By Miranda Piedra

Solar-Workshop-ed-bergeronEd Bergeron will speak about the solar arrays he put up last summer. (COURTESY PHOTO)ALBANY — On Saturday, MWV Citizens for Energy Efficient Communities and Tin Mountain Conservation Center will join together to present an informational, non-commercial workshop on solar electricity at the Nature Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany from 10 a.m.-noon.

MWV Citizens for Energy Efficient Communities is an organization dedicated to "promoting the economic and environmental benefits of improving energy efficiency," according to its website.

The group hopes to provide those who attend with information on affordable options in solar energy, including do-it-yourself installations, no-up-front financing and community solar installations.

Presentations will be given by group member Ed Bergeron, local homeowners who have gone solar and Ed Solar, a founder of the Berlin Area Renewable Energy Initiative.

Question-and-answer sessions will follow, helping those interested in reducing their electric costs by investing in photovoltaic solar panels.

BAREI founder and chairman of Dummer's NH Energy Committee Ed Solar will speak first.

Wheels: Self-driving cars

By Eric Meltzer

Self-driving cars are the stuff of science fiction, George Jetson and an autonomous future. Many people find the idea of a self-driving car a bit unsettling. Relinquishing the controls of a speeding vehicle traveling in close proximity to other speeding vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, not to mention immobile objects like concrete barriers and bridge abutments, can understandably cause concern.

Settlers Green welcomes international visitors

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — The general manager of OVP Management Inc., which runs Settlers Green among other local shopping centers, said she hopes international visitors won't be discouraged from visiting New Hampshire because of President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban on people coming from six Muslim majority countries.

Redline Guiding offers new glacier skills course

glacier-skills-courseAn instructor helps students with their gear. (COURTESY PHOTO)INTERVALE — Redline Guiding has announced its new "Glacier Skills" course.

The course — perfect for anyone headed to a glaciated peak, especially if they will be on a roped team, this spring or summer — covers the advanced skills needed (must have basic mountaineering skills).

Covering glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques, it is the next step for those already well-versed in the use of crampons and the ice ax. So, if Rainier or some other mountain looms on your horizon, start here.

The late winter and early spring are the typical times one would take this full-day course. This course lasts six to eight hours (or longer, depending on group size), and may be combined with other offerings to create a complete alpine skills course.

Specific areas of study include: glaciated terrain, roped team travel, and solo and team crevasse rescue techniques (including self-extraction).

The cost of the intensive, full-day course for one person is $200; for two, $325; and for added people, $150 each.

Redline Guiding supports custom scheduling of all its courses, but this course only can run in April, so don't delay if booking.

For more information, go to: redlineguiding.com/education/glacier-skills/.