Star Island To Announce Completion of Solar Installation At Earth Day Event


This Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22 – the non-profit Star Island Corp. will host an engaging and informative evening with Star Island leaders titled “Going Green”. The public is invited to this presentation on the innovative environmental initiatives underway at Star Island.

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The Earth Day event will be held April 22
At the Discover Portsmouth Center
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH
5:30 to 7 PM
Refreshments provided
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Learn about the island’s new solar installation — New England’s largest off-grid photovoltaic array which will produce an estimated 60% of the island’s energy needs beginning this summer. The event will include a discussion by Star Island Facilities Director Jack Farrell, and Environmental Services Manager Kristen Simard from 6 to 6:30 PM. They will highlight programs for energy and water conservation and reuse.

Living with limited resources, Star Island has made it a priority to reduce energy and water use, collect rain water for use in showers and laundry, capture and reuse heat from generators, minimize waste, and grow a portion of the food for the thousands of guests that vacation on Star Island each summer. Farrell says, “Star Island is a role model for other communities. We are able to make changes and see the results immediately. Our ability to use our limited resources wisely allows us to be an example for others.” Efforts like these have positioned Star Island at the forefront of sustainability practices in New England. Star Island was recently awarded the Island Institute’s prestigious Island Energy Innovation Award for its accomplishments.

“We are excited to demonstrate the many ways Star Island is going green,” says Joe Watts, Star Island’s CEO. “We have invested years to find creative ways of living lightly on our island, and we want to share what we’ve learned with others.” Joe Watts will be available to answer any general questions about Star Island and its summer programs throughout the evening.

The open house will include live music by local singer/songwriter Dan Walker. Enjoy a lime rickey and network with other people interested in energy issues.

“Going Green” is made possible through sponsors Wentworth Greenhouses, CrossCurrent Communications, Five Maples, and the Portsmouth Garden Club.

Star Island is one of the nine Isles of Shoals located six miles off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. Home to the historic Oceanic Hotel and a fishing village from the 1600’s, a visit to Star Island is a step back in time. The 43 acre island is owned and operated by the nonprofit Star Island Corp. During the summer months, Star Island welcomes families and individuals to explore Star’s rugged beauty for a day or take part in weekly programs with a variety of themes such as spirituality, world affairs, ecology and the arts. Star Island is an all inclusive vacation retreat where guests are encouraged to unplug and connect with each other and nature.


Green Gosport Initiative

Click here to learn more about the sustainable efforts Star Island has undertaken and plans to take through our Green Gosport Initiative.

Hear Our Story

Click here to listen to a report from NH Public Radio about our initiatives.