CONWAY — Thanks to a generous $26,000 challenge grant this week from the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, more than half the money has been committed to the 16Kw solar project envisioned for the North Conway Community Center and set for a spring 2019 installation.

LED lighting, the first phase of this energy saving project has already been completed by a team from ReVision Energy and the center is now enjoying substantially lower electric usage compared to the old fluorescent lighting. With the solar panels installed, energy costs will drop even further, both saving the center money over the long term while improving its already green footprint here in the valley. With green energy, a penny saved is, in fact, a penny earned.

“The overall project cost is just over $53,000,” said Tim Scott, the center’s campaign chair and new executive director. "And thanks to the Hass challenge, we have already raised a good portion of the matching funds. In a sense, this is fundraising in reverse as we will soon be saving money that we would otherwise have to raise each year from the community. Though we missed an opportunity when we built the building just three years ago, it is never to late to make these important and long lasting improvements.”

For more information on the programs and services of the private, non-profit North Conway Community Center or its exciting energy saving project, contact the center at (603) 356-2096 or email

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