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!
- Anticipated annual fuel savings of about 40% for an average home or for participating affordable housing buildings*
- Financial subsidy for purchase of wood pellet boiler
- Playing an important role in bringing high-efficiency wood-based heating to the region
Using a heating fuel with a historically stable price, unlike oil
*based on oil prices in January 2013
- 14-ton-per-house reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for every home that replaces 1,000 gallons of heating oil with wood pellets
- Keep forests as forests: Forestland owners need to earn enough money from their forests to keep them intact. Increased use of wood pellets will provide a strong market for low-grade wood.
- Forest harvesting standards: Increased use of sustainably harvested wood pellets will drive demand for standards to ensure the ecological sustainability of biomass wood supplies.
- Stabilized and increased employment in forest-related businesses. For example, at full capacity, 4 existing Maine pellet producers could support 500 direct and indirect jobs.
- New markets for energy efficient boilers by fostering conversion of heating systems from fossils fuels to environmentally sustainable wood pellets.
- Wealth retained in communities. Nearly 80 cents of every dollar spent on heating oil in the Northern Forest leaves the regional economy. Switching to regionally produced wood pellet fuel will keep 100% of those energy dollars in the region.
- Reduced municipal heating expenses. Help communities reduce local tax burdens through installation of high efficiency pellet boilers that reduce heating costs for municipal buildings.