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The following information was released by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA):
A group of homeowners gathered at Tea Birds Restaurant Tuesday night to celebrate the end of their addiction to home heating oil.
"Every time the oil truck goes by, I smile," said Marie Canning.
Canning's home is one of 36 Berlin homes that has or is in the process of replacing its oil burner with a high efficiency wood pellet boiler. It is estimated the 36 homeowners combined will save more than $50,000 a year in heating costs.
In addition to saving money, the homeowners are also proving that switching to a local renewable energy source helps the local economy and the environment. The project is expected to have a $200,000 annual impact on the local economy.
The homeowners participated in the Model Neighborhood Project, which subsidized the purchase and installation of the boilers. Launched in the fall of 2011 by the Northern Forest Center, Berlin BetterBuildings, and Maine Energy Systems, the goal was to install 40 pellet boilers in Berlin homes.
"Berlin has proven that this technology works, that we can use local wood to replace foreign oil, that we can spend our heating dollars locally and support jobs in the local forest industry," said Rob Riley, president of the Northern Forest Center.
Mike Wilson, senior program director at the Northern Forest Center, said Berlin now has the highest concentration of bulk pellet boilers in the country.
"Berlin really is a model for this," he said.
Wilson said the 36 boilers will annually eliminate 347 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and replace 31,000 gallons of oil.
Skip Bunnett of the Maine Energy System said the first group of homeowners in the program had a lot of patience as the new technology was introduced. Maine Energy System director Dutch Dresser said the enthusiasm of the first homeowners was crucial to the program's success and make it easier for others to make the switch.
"This really is a tremendous project," said Cimbria Badenhausen, community director for Berlin BetterBuildings. "Offering our clients a renewable energy alternative to enhance the savings obtained through energy efficiency measures was a wonderful bonus," she said.
Badenhausen said she wished the program would have been available to surrounding communities but it was limited to Berlin. Even so, Brad and Sue Wyman of Dummer toured one of the early installations in Berlin and decided to put a wood pellet boiler in their house on their own.
The program subsidized over two-thirds of the cost of transitioning from oil heating systems to the pellet boilers.

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  • InternationalBlog BradleyAssociatesReviewhttp://www.elp.com/news/2013/04/15/berlin-program-promoting-wood-pellet-boilers-a-national-model.html
  • Berlin ProgramPromoting WoodPellet Boilers aNational Model
  • The following information was released by the NewHampshire Community Development FinanceAuthority (CDFA):A group of homeowners gathered at Tea BirdsRestaurant Tuesday night to celebrate the end oftheir addiction to home heating oil."Every time the oil truck goes by, I smile," saidMarie Canning.Cannings home is one of 36 Berlin homes that has oris in the process of replacing its oil burner with ahigh efficiency wood pellet boiler.
  • It is estimated the 36 homeowners combined will savemore than $50,000 a year in heating costs.In addition to saving money, the homeowners are alsoproving that switching to a local renewable energysource helps the local economy and the environment.The project is expected to have a $200,000 annualimpact on the local economy.The homeowners participated in the ModelNeighborhood Project, which subsidized the purchaseand installation of the boilers. Launched in the fall of2011 by the Northern Forest Center, BerlinBetterBuildings, and Maine Energy Systems, the goalwas to install 40 pellet boilers in Berlin homes.
  • "Berlin has proven that this technology works, thatwe can use local wood to replace foreign oil, that wecan spend our heating dollars locally and supportjobs in the local forest industry," said RobRiley, president of the Northern Forest Center.Mike Wilson, senior program director at theNorthern Forest Center, said Berlin now has thehighest concentration of bulk pellet boilers in thecountry."Berlin really is a model for this," he said.Wilson said the 36 boilers will annually eliminate347 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and replace31,000 gallons of oil.
  • Skip Bunnett of the Maine Energy System said thefirst group of homeowners in the program had a lotof patience as the new technology was introduced.Maine Energy System director Dutch Dresser saidthe enthusiasm of the first homeowners was crucialto the programs success and make it easier forothers to make the switch."This really is a tremendous project," said CimbriaBadenhausen, community director for BerlinBetterBuildings. "Offering our clients a renewableenergy alternative to enhance the savings obtainedthrough energy efficiency measures was a wonderfulbonus," she said.
  • Badenhausen said she wished the program wouldhave been available to surrounding communities butit was limited to Berlin. Even so, Brad and SueWyman of Dummer toured one of the earlyinstallations in Berlin and decided to put a woodpellet boiler in their house on their own.The program subsidized over two-thirds of the costof transitioning from oil heating systems to the pelletboilers. The state-of-the-art boilers range up to$25,000 but through the program the homeownersshare was $5,000 to $10,000.
  • The Northern Forest Center subsidized 39 percentof the cost and rebates through the New HampshirePublic Utilities Commission (PUC) covered 25percent. The PUC rebates are available statewide.The program also locked in the price of the pelletsthrough this June at the equivalent of $1.99/gallonof heating oil.Riley said the Northern Forest Center plans toreplicate the Model Neighborhood Program inother communities in the four state region as soonas funding is secured.
  • The center was taping testimonials from thehomeowners Tuesday night to use in raising money.One woman said she used to wear battery-operatedsocks to keep her feet warm but since installing thepellet boiler, she has no need for the socks because herhouse is warm. Mark Tremblay said he and his wifehave had six different heating systems in the 33 yearsthey have owned their house. He said the pellet boileris "unquestionably the best".The program has also helped both the Berlin HousingAuthority and St. Kierans Center for the Artsconvert their buildings.
  • St. Kieran Executive Director Joan Chamberlain saidshe used to wear boots in her office and wouldnegotiate with groups over heat for practices andrehearsals. With the new pellet boiler, she estimatedthe center will save $10,000 in heating costs for theyear. More importantly she said, "Were happy.Were warm."Badenhausen and Wilson noted there are still fourmore spots left in the Berlin Model NeighborhoodModel program. Interested Berlin homeownersshould call Badenhausen at 717-6529 or emailcimbriab@nhcdfa.org
  • Maine Energy Systems, based in Bethel, Maine, willcontinue to look for homeowners interested inconverting to wood pellets.The Model Neighborhood Project has been supportedby foundation, individuals and corporations thatpurchased tax credits through the N.H. CommunityDevelopment Finance Authority. Tax creditpurchasers include Bank of New Hampshire, CitizensBank, The Common Man, First ColebrookBank, Global Forest Partners, Grappone AutomotiveGroup, The Lyme Timber Company, NathanWechsler and Co. PA, Northland ForestProducts, Northway Bank, Stoneyfield Farm, andTransCanada USA.
  • The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the NewHampshire Charitable Foundation, Janes Trust,the John Merck Fund, and the US Endowment forForestry and Communities have provided grantsupport for the project.