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This sunny summer is great for solar energy production, but the drought is not so great for plants nor air conditioning bills. Consider these general tips and tips for large facilities to reduce summer cooling costs. Facilities managers and commercial energy professionals can reduce building energy costs more comprehensively by taking the Building Operator Certification course at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, NH.

Register Now for Fall 2016 Building Operator Certification at LRCC

Covering a range of smart energy management topics in 8 days:

Aug. 26 Building Operations & Systems
Sept. 9 Building Energy and Conservation
Sept. 23 Lighting Theory & Efficiency
Sept. 30 Electrical Systems & Distribution
Oct. 14 & 21 HVAC Controls & Operation I & II
Nov. 4 Indoor Air Quality Theory & Techniques
Nov. 18 Energy Management Planning

Gain insight about your facility’s energy systems, and develop energy saving recommendations. Experienced facilities management staff who successfully complete this program are awarded the nationally recognized Building Operator Level I Certification. This will be the last LRCC BOC course that does not require a comprehensive BOC certification exam, which will be implemented by BOC nationwide in 2017.

Eligible New Hampshire customers of Eversource, Unitil, NHEC or Liberty Utilities are eligible to receive a 50% tuition award, reducing the tuition from $1,480 to $740. Subject to availability; please confirm eligibility before registering.

View the LRCC Energy Calendar for registration details.

More energy news from LRCC

LRCC has finished its successful Solar 101 workshop series, and PDF versions of the presentations are now available at: Both the NH Residential Solar 101 and Solar 101 for NH Municipal Officials slides are available. Thanks to all involved.

Interested in a credit-bearing science course about sustainable energy? ENVS 1120 “Energy and Sustainability” examines how energy is intertwined with everything on earth, and how humans can forge a sustainable energy path. It’s a Monday evening 3 credit class starting Aug. 29, plus an optional 1 credit Wednesday evening lab. Click here for Fall 2016 LRCC courses and and registration information.

U.S. DOE’s Home Energy Score continues to gain traction nationwide. Like a MPG rating for a house, it is a rapid, accurate and inexpensive home energy asset scoring system. Vermont and New Hampshire state governments are developing mechanisms for widespread adoption of HES in both states. Qualified building energy and inspection professionals can now become NH HES Assessors under HES Partner GDS Associates. Contact Autumn Curilla at GDS for more information.

Got RECs? With the rapid growth of solar PV in New Hampshire are increasing sales of solar renewable energy credits (RECs). The NH Public Utilities Commission is seeking additional independent monitors to verify RECs production. Persons eligible to become an independent monitor include BPI Building Analysts. Please contact Barbara Bernstein at NH PUC more information about this business opportunity.

Questions? Please contact:
Andy Duncan, Energy Training Manager
Lakes Region Community College
tel. 603-366-5329,

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