Renewable Energy - Biomass
Community Forest Collaborative
Regional Wood Products Consortium
New Markets Tax Credit Financing
Finance & Investment
Ways of the Woods
Maura Adams, Program Director
603-229-0679, ext. 114
Model Neighborhood Project
Benefits of the Model Neighborhood Project
40% annual fuel savings for average participants
Financial subsidy to support purchase and installation of new pellet boilers
14-ton per house reduction in greenhouse gas emissions 1,000 gallons of heating oil replaced by wood pellets
100% of every dollar spent on wood pellets from the Northern Forest will stay in the lcoal and regional economy
Model Neighborhood Project
This new program is subsidizing the cost to transition from oil heating systems to advanced wood pellet boilers for homeowners in Berlin, NH, and Farmington and Wilton, Maine.
Learn more below.
Clean and efficient system
New, high efficiency wood pellet boilers are a virtually seamless replacement for traditional oil-based systems.
Homeowners remove small bags of ash only 3 or 4 times a year through a clean quick-release system.
Program benefits regional economy
Demand for wood pellets will strengthen the market for low-grade wood
Increased pellet production will stabilize and increase employment in forest-related businesses
100% of every dollar spent on wood pellets stays in the regional economy
Partners in New Hampshire
Northern Forest Center
Maine Energy Systems
City of Berlin
Partners in Maine
Western Maine Community Action
The Model Neighborhood Project’s goal is to help the Northern Forest region move away from dependence on imported oil toward a local energy source that will create jobs and strengthen the forest economy.
High-efficiency, fully automated, centralized wood pellet boilers are a means to achieving this goal. The technology is well established in Europe but its market penetration in the U.S. is minimal. To increase its adoption in the U.S., wood pellet heating needs to be understood as convenient, safe, dependable and economical. The Model Neighborhood Project project creates real world examples that illustrate the benefits of advanced wood pellet heating and generate demand for emerging businesses serving this market.
Our first Model Neighborhood Project began in Feb. 2011 in Berlin, New Hampshire, in collaboration with Berlin BetterBuildings, the City of Berlin and Maine Energy Systems. By the end of April 2013, 36 pellet boilers had been installed in Berlin homes. By buying pellets instead of oil since installing their new systems, homeowners have saved nearly $50,000 on heating fuel. Over the boilers' 25-year lifespan, spending on Northern Forest wood pellets and saving money on fuel bills will contribute $5.3 million to the local economy. See the real-time results on the Berlin Model Neighborhood Dashboard!
Model Neighborhood Project coming to Vermont this spring - 01/31/14
The Center is planning to launch the Model Neighborhood Project in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont this spring, in the towns of Sutton, Newark, Lyndon, Burke, Sheffield, Wheelock, East Haven and Kirby. The program will offer subsidies for boiler purchase and installation in single-family residenc…Read More
First boiler installed in Farmington - 01/17/14
The Farmington Model Neighborhood Project installed the first high-efficiency, wood pellet boiler in a home in Farmington, ME. The project’s goal is to help the Northern Forest region move away from dependence on imported oil toward a local energy source that will create jobs and strengthen the fo…Read More
Model Neighborhood Project Reaches 40 Home Target - 12/04/13
We’ve reached an important goal for our Model Neighborhood Project in Berlin, NH! We set out to install 40 highly-efficient, central wood pellet boilers in Berlin, NH. Already, the first 39 participating homes and two non-profits have surpassed expectation for how much the project would impact the…Read More
New Thermal Biomass Policy Report - 11/25/13
Public policy is an important tool for accelerating the adoption of modern wood heating across the Northern Forest and beyond. Using the stories and data from our Model Neighborhood Projects, the Center advocates for energy policies at the state and federal level that will make it easier for the d…Read More
Eighteen households apply for the Farmington Model Neighborhood Project - 07/27/13
Eighteen households applied for the first round of the Northern Forest Center’s Farmington Model Neighborhood Project. Community members from Farmington and Wilton gathered on June 27th to learn how to take advantage of financial support and project assistance in installing state-of-the-art, high …Read More