Windham Initiative for Renewable Energy (WIRE) was inspired by 13 year old David Hutchings who "created a whirlwind of excitement", and prompted the Windham School Board to form a committee that will look into the feasibility of installing a wind and solar electric system at the new high school. (To learn more about David, read David's story, below). In April, 2008 the School Board voted unanimously in favor (4-0) of forming the committee and made Alan Carpenter its chairman. Alan is a former Selectman of Windham and also a former Planning Board member. Under Alan's guidance the WIRE Board was formed with a group of interested residents including Windham School Superintendent Dr. Frank Bass. This non-profit group has since expanded its mission to include renewable energy education of our citizens and students as our primary goal. The board is focused on the original intent of the School Board for the new Windham high school, yet longer-term, setting its sights on the helping the local community.
“I participated in FLL (FIRST LEGO League) sponsored by BAE systems a few years ago as something to do with my friends. Each year they have a different theme and another challenge; this last year the theme was alternative energy. Alternative energy is a good topic because we are running out of fossil fuels. We think changes need to happen now, so we thought we could really get things going in New Hampshire. We decided we wanted to put a windmill and/or solar panels up at the new Windham high school. Of course, then we had no idea how much work is put into a project like this and how long the whole process actually takes. Fortunately we aren’t the only people who think the school should be energy efficient. When we consulted Mr. Glen Davis, project manager of the high school, he showed us the plans, and we saw that the school was already as energy efficient as it could be without putting in something like a new form of energy. Because of the windy location, we knew the wind turbine would be a good idea. With the help of Dr. Bass and Mr. Carpenter, a committee was formed called WIRE (Windham Initiative for Renewable Energy) that meets regularly to discuss projects like this one.”
- David Hutchings, WIndham NH
- Alan Carpenter
A resident of Windham for just over ten years, Alan has a long history of community involvement. He served as a member of the Windham Planning Board for 4 years, including terms as Chairman and Vice Chairman. In addition, until recently, we served our community as a member of the Board of Selectmen for 6 years, including two terms as Chairman and Vice Chairman. During this time he also served as the Windham representative to the Rockingham Planning Commission for 3 years.
- Carlo DiPersio
A resident of Windham for 11 years, Carlo is very interested in ideas that can promote our country’s energy independence, better utilizing our natural resources, preserving our environment and educating our next generation in these areas. He is president of a Boston based advertising agency and has instituted an award winning conservation program in his company for his staff; VERDE, which encourages conservation and provides incentives for installing alterative energy systems at home and for utilizing optional forms of transportation.
- Rick Hajec
Rick is personally concerned about the world's dependence on fossil fuels and sees the enormous opportunity for clean energy. A resident of Windham for 12 years. Rick is an engineer and businessman by trade and currently serves as President of a Hudson, NH headquartered electronic component manufacturing company.
- David Hutchings
David is a thirteen-year-old student who has lived in Windham, NH, all of his life. He would like to go into computer engineering and renewable energy technology in the future. David enjoys skateboarding, tennis, biking, guitar, piano and hanging out with his friends.
- Bill and Michele Hutchings
Bill and Michele, parents of David, have lived in Windham since 1988. Bill's background is in natural resource planning, but is currently working in medical technology, and Michele is a highschool teacher. Both are committed to finding ways to encourage the use of renewable energy.
- Josh Hebert
Josh is a senior at Windham High School who has a long history of interest in green energy. From formulating a plan for a basic wind turbine with David Hutchings as part of the 2007 FIRST Lego League Challenge “Power Puzzle”, to his involvement in the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative since 2008, to being the only student nominated by the Windham Selectman to the Local Energy Committee, Josh has earned a solid reputation for promoting environmental causes.
As a student member of the Windham Initiative for Renewable Energy (WIRE), Josh was responsible for formulating what became the basis of the alpha project, by helping to define the parameters of the project and ultimately selecting the turbine model to be purchased. He is currently touring colleges and hoping to have the opportunity to continue to create projects that serve to better the public understanding of renewable energy.
- Mark Lambert
Mark, a Windham resident for 26 years, is interested in developing Windham's renewable energy program while helping to educate the public. A Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the Association of Energy engineers (AEE) and a NH licensed master electrician in for the past 25 yrs. Mark has completed a wide variety of energy projects from conception to completion while working with fortune 500 companies.
- Russ Wilder
Russ is a professional geologist and environmental consultant on energy and environmental matters. He has lived in Windham since 1976 and has served both on the Conservation Commission and the Planning Board. He recognizes that with the current focus on energy issues worldwide, there is a tremendous opportunity for the development of renewable energy resources in Windham.