WALPOLE, N.H. — The Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) has launched a Community Supported Solar Initiative for Farms in the Monadnock Region. The initiative, with support from the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation, aims to help lower energy costs for local farms in the region. This opportunity for local farms is being offered in partnership with the Monadnock Sustainability Network (MSN), an organization with a mission to encourage sustainable living practices and resource conservation in the Monadnock Region. This project will help to stabilize and lower costs of electricity for participating farms through the Community Supported Solar framework and in turn, increase the viability of those farms. Some agricultural producers have expressed interest in solar, according to a press release announcing the initiative, but many do not have the capital to invest in the infrastructure and/or a good location for the PV system. The Community Supported Solar model allows for community investment to offset the costs of the participating farms. The CCCD and MSN will host informational workshops in three different locations throughout the County so that interested farmers may learn more about participating in this project: March 6 at Stonewall Farm (Keene), March 7 at the Jaffrey Civic Center, and March 8 at the CCCD office (Walpole). For more information contact the CCCD at 603-756-2988 x116.