CLAREMONT – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan hosted a discussion at the Claremont MakerSpace on Wednesday to highlight the benefits of federal clean energy investments in New Hampshire. The conversation focused on clean energy provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act that Senator Hassan helped secure, including tax credits for families to make their homes more energy efficient, bringing down their energy bills.
By Tyler Maheu
United States Senator Maggie Hassan visited the Claremont MakerSpace, 46 Main St., on April 12 to head an informational panel on clean and renewable energy investments.
[…] Prior to the meeting, Girard told the Eagle Times about the importance of Hassan’s visit to the city.
“We are excited to have this event here and to be with the Senator,” Girard said. “It is always a good thing to know that she cares about Claremont.”
Hassan began the hour-long panel by discussing her efforts to support clean energy.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work to lower energy costs, the use of fossil fuels, and to combat climate change in the process,” she said.
She addressed the passing of the federal Inflation Reduction Act, which she said helps towns engage in the use of clean energy investments, provides families with tax credits for transitioning to renewable energies or energy-saving technology, and will hopefully reduce the effects of greenhouse gasses by 40 % by 2030.
[…] Hassan closed, noting that she has found town-to-town interest has increased recently in renewable energy and that she and her office are looking to brainstorm ideas to publicize the tax benefits and credits to lower- and moderate-income families.
By John Koziol
[…] Already sold on the benefits of renewable energy, the MakerSpace has 178 solar panels on the roof of its home in the former Sawtooth Building at 46 Main St. that — with one exception — generate plenty of electricity to power the lights, tools and computers in the former mill, with electricity left over to sell onto the grid.
[…] Hassan, who supported MakerSpace getting funding for the construction of the solar array from the Northern Border Regional Commission, said now is a good time for nonprofits, municipalities, businesses and homeowners to avail themselves of federal tax credits and energy rebates.
The administration of President Biden has made major investments into clean energy, said Hassan, and there are many programs available.
Hassan noted that the bipartisan infrastructure law has $73 billion for clean energy transmission and for domestic battery energy storage and development. Meanwhile, the Inflation Reduction Act that she also worked on promotes the growth of the clean energy economy, which her office said helps reduce energy costs and reduce carbon emissions.
[…] During a brief interview after the discussion, Hassan said she believes the bipartisan infrastructure law and the Inflation Reduction Act will be of significant benefit to New Hampshire. The state, she said, “will definitely lower the cost of energy” while creating jobs in New Hampshire.
The IRA, which has a “made-in-the USA” provision, will also ensure that the components necessary for clean-energy systems will be manufactured domestically, she said.
WCAX: Senator Maggie Hassan was in Claremont today promoting clean energy. Hassan met with state and local leaders at Claremont’s MakerSpace, which has already installed a huge solar array on its roof. Officials say it will save the organization about $8,000 a year on its electric bill. The goal of the roundtable was to raise awareness about investment opportunities.
Senator Hassan: Whether it’s in rebates or tax credits for communities like Claremont, but also for homeowners, for people who want to make their home just a little bit more energy efficient or a lot more energy efficient
WCAX: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Senator Hassan helped negotiate and pass into law, includes $73 billion for clean energy transmission and support for domestic battery energy storage and development. That, along with the Inflation Reduction Act, Hassan says, is aimed to help communities pivot away from fossil fuels.