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Urban neighborhood plans bulk solar panel project

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West Broadway Neighborhood Association, 1560 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909
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Urban neighborhood plans bulk solar panel project
West side residents, businesses meet to shape first-of-its-kind green energy program
(TOMORROW AT 7PM)

Providence, Rhode Island – August 1, 2011 – An urban neighborhood may be the last place you would expect to implement a mass solar energy program, but Providence’s west side is on the verge of doing just that.
Tomorrow, August 2, at 7 p.m. residents and businesses of Federal Hill and the West End are meeting at the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) to help shape a large-scale green energy program in their neighborhood with the support of the RI Economic Development Corporation, RI Office of Energy Resources and RI Renewable Energy Fund, along with federal tax credits.
By buying solar panels in bulk and implementing the program before the end of the year, the group would benefit from lower pricing on installation and equipment and from energy incentives that would offset costs.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for west side residents and businesses,” said Kari Lang, Executive Director of the WBNA and key sponsor of the program. “By leveraging tax credits and renewable energy subsidies through this program now, community members can generate solar energy for use in their own homes and buildings for years to come, with minimal initial investment. The West Side Solar Energy Program would make getting and installing solar panels affordable and simple.” 
Tomorrow’s informational meeting will detail how the program works and the time frame in which it must be implemented for maximum cost savings. Federal tax credits expire at the end of this year, requiring the program to be underway this fall. There is no cost to pre-qualify a building for potential participation in the program. Qualification depends on the specific site of a building, such as roof direction and shading issues.
Should a building pre-qualify, the owner would pay an affordable initial deposit with monthly lease payments. During the time of the lease, all electricity generated by a building’s solar panel system would be used by or credited to the account of the participant resident or building owner.
“This is the first community-designed, community-run, large-scale green energy project implemented in a Rhode Island urban setting,” said Lang. “The west side is known for taking on demonstration projects; our program could serve as a model for other communities looking to support the environment by using green energy alternatives.”
West Side residents and businesses are invited to attend tomorrow’s informational meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the WBNA, 1560 Westminster Street, Providence. WBNA requests that interested neighbors bring along a copy of their electric bill tomorrow so that their building(s) can be pre-qualified. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name and address. Use email subject line: West Side Solar is appreciated.
Established in 1983, the West Broadway Neighborhood Association organizes neighbors and businesses on the West Side of Providence to preserve and promote their diverse, historic, urban community as a safe, vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play.  For more information about the WBNA, please visit www.wbna.org or call 401.831.9344.
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WBNA Enews 7.9.2011

WBNA Enews 7.9.2011

Upcoming Events

 Community Meeting on a Proposed Reuse for the Asa Messer School Building on Tuesday, July 12, 6-7:30PM at Asa Messer School, 158 Messer Street

 The Prentice Mansion, 514 Broadway (The Wedding Cake House) will come before the Providence Zoning Board of Review on Thursday, July 14 at 5:30PM (in the Probate Court Chamber, floor 5 of Providence City Hall).  Please come out to support the renovation of this neighborhood landmark.  It has sat vacant for years and needs immediate attention.  For more information on the proposed project by Community Works RI with participation by the Providence Revolving Fund and Donald Powers Architects, please contact Carrie Marsh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


West Side Thursdays each Thursday in July from 6-8 PM at the Dexter Training Ground

July 14 Double Decker Dance Band

July 21 The AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra (also come for the blood drive by the RI Blood Center and Park View Nursing Home from 5-8PM)

July 28  Carlos DeLeon Latin Jazz

Aug 4 Rain Date

WBNA thanks our sponsors Mayor Taveras, Celebrate Providence 375 Years, Department of Art, Culture and Tourism and Seven Stars Bakery

Parade Street Famers Market each Thursday from 4-7 PM at the Dexter Training Ground

Tuesday, July 26, 7PM at the WBNA – Want Solar Panels?  Julian Dash of the RI Economic Dev. Corp and Jerome Garciano, a consultant for WBNA, will explain West Side Solar, a new WBNA program, that is looking for 25 or more neighbors or businesses to join together to purchase solar panels for their properties. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

your attendance as we may contact you for some advance information from you to make this meeting as productive as possible.

  • West Side Solar will make alternative energy affordable, simple, and easy to install and manage for regular Rhode Islanders through a neighborhood group purchase program in which individual West Side homeowners can participate.  This program intends to increase alternative energy usage thereby reducing our dependency on non-renewable energy sources and increasing jobs for RI renewable energy businesses.

Playground Design Day - the WBNA and the Providence Parks Department received a grant from KaBOOM and United Healthcare to rebuild the playground at Dexter Training Ground which is worn out and in need of repair.  There will be a design day for children and adults in August (date tbd) with a Community Build on Tuesday, October 11.  We need the participation of MANY neighbors to make this happen.  Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to help.

Fertile Underground News from Michael Giroux

  We will be hosting our first simple open-air market this Sunday morning from 9-12. (July 10)  We are starting very small, and growing the way we always have: humbly, gradually, and consistently!  Visit us outside our new store space at 1577 Westminster, and come pick up some veggies! 
  And more... Pick up a copy of the Prov Phoenix today, there is a wonderful article on page 6, casting more thought-seeds into fertile brains.  The newest up-to-date info on the Grocery- I'll only entice you, go to your local shop to get your hard copy.  Cut it out and save it if you will, mayhaps get it to us when you see us this weekend! 
  We're starting with Sunday mornings for consistent market- feel free to tell us when you'd like to see the produce available.  We will be out there more and more as the month progresses.  We're beginning buildout very soon, as we finalize all the details toward our transition into the space. 
  Thanks for keeping along with us, thanks for all of your support in so many different ways; we truly appreciate all the response we get from you.  We look forward to bringing the real vedge home, and interacting more with you on the real level. 
   And do go watch the Woolies great video about our proposed trip to the Moon.  Will you be joining us?  Really, it's going to be a GAS!! 
   Thanks for it all, 
  Michael

FUN BUS AND MINI FUN BUS AT THE DEXTER TRAINING GROUND

The Providence Parks Department has scheduled our Recreation Fun Bus to visit Dexter Training Ground on Mon, 7/18 and Thurs, 8/04, from noon – 4pm.  The “Mini” Fun Bus will be there on Thurs, 7/07, Tues, 7/19, Fri, 7/29, and Wed, 8/10, all from 10am – noon.  The Fun Bus and “Mini” Fun Bus both come w/a crew who engage kids in various activities like field games, races and other friendly competitions, arts & crafts and face painting and the Fun Bus comes w/our giant inflatable obstacle course. 

 More Fresh Produce

Adrian Fulk from Runaway Farm in Little Compton, RI sets up his organic farm stand at CrossFit Providence every Monday from 3 - 7pm.  He is selling fresh, local organic vegetables and CSAs are still available!  

Farm Stand Location:  CrossFit Providence, 425 Washington Street.

Hours:  Every Monday 3 - 7pm

Adrian's Website:  www.runawayfarmcsa.com

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West Side Thursdays begin July 7, 2011!

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WBNA Annual BLOCK PARTY on Hudson Street, saturday, June 25, 2-8pm

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2:00pm: DJ Sensual Dan spins your favorite block party jams!
3:00pm: The Silks!
4:00pm: Beautiful string music by Lindsay Adler!
5:30pm: Sharks Come Cruisin'!
7:00pm: Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons!

WBRU Broadcasting live all day from the event!

Poetry and spoken word performances by Christopher Johnson and others throughout the event!

Roving entertainment from the gorgeous and talented gals of Chifferobe!

Event MCs: Jenny Hurricane of the Midnight Creeps, Mike Ritz & Laurel Casey with special guest Philco, Dan White and special guest Aaron Liedecker!

Kids and adults, we'll have all your favorite block party games including egg and balloon toss and frozen t-shirt contest!! Plus some awesome NEW games this year!

POW! Science! will be BLASTING OFF Diet Coke & Mentos every half an hour and hosting a table of fun science activities and awesome demonstrations by owner, Eric Bulmer!

Providence Fire Department will be on hand displaying fire engine and ladder truck and presenting fun & educational activities for kids!

Kundalini yoga demonstration - Learn some techniques from Fertile Underground's own Nina Maxwell!

Aikido and Aiki Ju Jutsu demonstration from the kids at City Aiki.

"Y on the Move", obstacle course for kids presented by YMCA!

Dave's Tiny Circus Lessons - for kids and adults!

New Urban Arts Creation Stations for kids!

Kristin Cook Memorial Origami tent!
Face painting for kids & adults!
Pimp Your Ride bike/stroller decorating and crafts!
Chalk drawing for our budding street artists!

Food! Beer Garden! Sangria! Ice Cream!

Space pod installation - sneak peek from artists of Wooly Fair- Providence’s own do-it-yourself art carnival! Held this year on July 30th!

So much more, too much to list! You won't believe all the things we have in store for you this year, Providence! Come party with the WestSide!

Please bring a potluck dish to donate to the WBNA table!

Proceeds to benefit the Neighborhood Association and its programs.

Special thanks to our main sponsor, Leadership Rhode Island, for its continued support of the growth and development this community, and the rest of Rhode Island.

WBNA Enews June 10 -- A New Playground Coming Soon with YOUR help!

WBNA Enews June 10, 2011

 

Upcoming Events

Alfa B, literacy program for Spanish speakers, Nightly June 13 –Aug.11, 6-7PM at WBNA

WBNA Community Development Committee, Tuesday, June 14, 7PM, WBNA Headquarters-CommunityWorks RI will present their most recent plans for Prentice Mansion, 514 Broadway

Neighborhood Block Party, Saturday, June 25, Hudson Street, between Messer & Sycamore Streets, 2-8PM – Last year this event was a smashing success!  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate in making this year’s event great.

WBNA Crime Watch, Tuesday, June 28, 6:30PM, WBNA Headquarters – There will be no July and August Crime Watch meetings so the June meeting is important to attend.  We are asking neighbors if they have any nuisance properties that may be important to discuss.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any nuisance properties and a description of the problem.

West Side Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 6-8PM, Dexter Training Ground –Mark your calendars and plan your picnic in the park!  The very talented spoken word artist, Christopher Johnson will be making a special appearance at both the July 7 and the July 21 shows!

JULY 7 
RPM Voices 6-7pm - Spiritually uplifting and culturally enriching music, by a united prism of people of many cultures, races, religious and spiritual beliefs.
Inca Son 7-8pm - Award-winning band performing traditional music from the Andes of Peru, and Latin America.
JULY 14
Double Decker Dance Band - Afro-pop dance band led by Liberian-born songwriter, singer, guitarist, and keyboard player Joseph Paye.
JULY 21
The AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra - Cross-cultural music with roots in the traditional rhythms of Ghana, West Africa
JULY 28
Carlos DeLeon Latin Jazz - Carlos' 9-piece latin jazz band incorporate the grooves of salsa, merengue, cumbia, son, and other traditional Latin dance music.

GOOD NEWS!  A NEW PLAYGROUND COMING SOON WITH YOUR HELP!

KaBOOM awards WBNA and Providence Parks Department a grant to rebuild the Dexter Training Ground playground!!  Thank you to neighbors who participated in the application process.  As we move forward, we will need the active involvement of neighbors.  There will be a Design Day in mid-August (date TBA) and the actual playground build will be in October (date TBA).  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be involved in the planning process.

 

Office Closed

The WBNA office will be closed June 13-17.  The WBNA CDC will still take place on Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm at the WBNA HQ.

 

Summer Program for Kids

Gardening with Kids: Making our neighborhood a more beautiful place to live

Avid gardener Siobhan Callahan, and artist/gardener Marian Purviance, are teaming up to offer a six-week course for kids combining art-making with gardening and neighborhood beautification.  As a group, participants will adopt a public spot in the Armory District neighborhood to landscape, learn about a variety of plants, how to overcome challenges unique to an urban setting, and create/plant a decorative planter box to bring home.

WHO: Kids ages 8-11

WHEN: Six weeks beginning week of June 26th**

Option 1: Tuesdays, 9-11am

Option 2: Wednesdays, 3-5pm

**Please let us know your first choice day/time

WHERE: Meet at WBNA Headquarters, 1560 Westminster Street

COST: $60, pay what you can

CONTACT: To register or for more information please contact Siobhan Callahan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 401.419.6778 (cell)

Gardening Class Assistant Needed

We are looking for an enthusiastic teenager who enjoys working with kids and has an interest in

gardening to assist us during our six-week course.  Must be available for all six weeks; small

stipend.  Contact Siobhan if interested: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 401.419.6778.

 

West Side Solar?

The WBNA has a grant for a feasibility study with the RI Economic Development Corporation on a West Side Solar PV and Thermal project and I am charged with conducting an informal poll of potential interest.

 

We are looking for 10-25 West Side homeowners or local businesses that would join together to hire one solar consultant/installer to install PV and solar thermal at each of the 10 homes/businesses.  The advantage of joining together is cost and simplicity.  We would get a better price from a consultant because this would make it a larger project.  The RIEDC also is potentially willing to provide a grant and a loan to the group.  Additionally, there are the federal (30%) and potentially state (25%) tax credits.  This combination would significantly reduce the cost of installing PV on your home.  Navigating the alternative energy world and tax credits is also confusing and if we were to go forward with this program, the WBNA would administer it following a system developed in consultation with the EDC and tax lawyers.

 

WBNA & RIEDC are in the preliminary stages of creating this program and before moving forward need to determine if there is neighborhood interest.

 

If you are potentially interested in participating in this program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="blocked::mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Subject Line reading West Side Solar.

 

Thanks.

Kari

 

P.S.      I will probably follow this up with a WBNA enews to spread the word far and wide.  Please forward to other neighbors who may have any interest.  The more interest there is the greater possibility of this moving forward.

 

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