Kuster Discusses Solar Energy, Housing Development with Local Leaders in Bethlehem
Bethlehem, August 25, 2023
**This week, Kuster helped announce new NBRC grants for the Second District, including funding for the Bethlehem Redevelopment Authority to upgrade the Colonial Theater**
Bethlehem, N.H. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined Bethlehem town officials, the Bethlehem Energy Commission, and the North Country Council to hear updates on Bethlehem’s municipal solar power project and their plans for an InvestNH Municipal Planning & Zoning Housing Opportunity Grant, made possible by American Rescue Plan funding. During the visit, Kuster spoke about the important role renewable energy plays in lowering costs and building a more reliable energy grid.
“Renewable energy is a low-cost energy alternative and plays a critical role in our grid — it’s wonderful to see Bethlehem taking full advantage of this resource to power schools, libraries, and more,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “I will continue fighting to expand domestic energy production to lower costs and build a more sustainable, resilient energy grid across New Hampshire.”
“The Bethlehem Energy Commission was established to study and plan for the Town’s energy needs. In 2022, we were laser-focused on the installation of a 197 KW system comprised of three solar arrays,” said Mary Lou Krambeer, Bethlehem Energy Commission. “Our solar energy production now covers all of our municipal electric usage — the Town Hall, Library, Elementary School, and Garage. In the sunny month of April, the Library’s electric bill fell from $200 to $18. We are now working with the Village District on a solar installation to cover the electric needs of the wastewater plant.”
A member of the prominent House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congresswoman Kuster is committed to deploying renewable energy projects that will promote economic development and save New Hampshire towns money. Kuster has been a proud supporter of USDA Rural Development programs that promote the development of solar projects.