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The Annual Meeting and Boise Spring Dinner will be held on May 13th, 2017. The event will feature live music by Hillfolk Noir, one of Idaho’s best local bands. Dinner will be a delicious Himalayan vegetarian meal prepared by Momo Café. Beer and wine will also be available.

The event begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Ahavath Beth Israel Community Center, 11 N. Latah St., in Boise with an Electric Vehicle Exhibition and an Organic Plant Sale. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. with a short updates and discussion about the threat of nuclear waste in Idaho, and the 2017 Solarize the Valley campaign. Tickets are $20 per person ($15 for Alliance members) and can be purchased here or at the door. $10 for youth under 18 and free for kids under 5.

Thanks to Peaceful Belly, North End Organic Nursery and Draggin’ Wing Farm for providing plants. Thanks to Payette Brewing for the beer. Thanks to Hillfolk Noir for their time and talents!

Snake River Alliance & Partners Solarize the Valley

Public Workshops Announced

BOISE, ID – May 8, 2017 –

Solar energy in Idaho is growing by leaps and bounds. Over the last two years several new commercial-sized solar arrays have been built in the Idaho Power service area. Idaho Power launched a pilot program offering to sell shares of a 500 kw community solar array to interested customers. By the end of 2016, the energy produced by solar in Idaho was enough to power 29,000 homes.

SRA Director Wendy Wilson announces 2017 Solarize the Valley

Today, the nonprofit group the Snake River Alliance launched the 2017 Solarize the Valley campaign. This will help even more citizens go green by installing rooftop solar across the Treasure Valley. In 2016, the first year of the project generated approximately $1 million of private investment in green energy for a total installed capacity of 314kW.

This year the Alliance’s goal is higher – to help at least 50 homes install over 350kW of solar panels. The group is offering free solar site assessments on a first-come, first-served basis starting May 8th. Two local companies, AltEnergy and Bluebird Solar and Light, will conduct the assessments and provide installation.

The Alliance has pre-negotiated prices, warranties and technical details for high quality, North American-made solar panels.  Interested homeowners and businesses should sign up online at www.solarizethevalley.org. These prices are available only for a short time. People in Ada and Canyon Counties are eligible for these prices if they sign up before July 31, 2017. People in nearby counties can also sign up for an assessment but prices may vary. For more information call 208 344 9161.

Over the next two months, the Alliance will hold public workshops to introduce residents to the Solarize the Valley program.

Public Workshops:

May 18 at Anser Public Charter School at 202 E 42nd St, Garden City, ID.

June 1st at the Boise Consumer Food Coop in the Village at Meridian.

June 13 at Riverstone International School at 5521 Warm Springs Ave, Boise, ID.

Workshops begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wendy Wilson, director of the Snake River Alliance said, “Solar panel prices have come down again this year and even more people are motivated to go solar.  This campaign makes it easier for them to take action.  It simplifies the process of investing in solar and ties into the existing Idaho Power net-metering program,”

The Snake River Alliance is a nonprofit, charitable organization with over 1,000 members in Idaho and across the country. For 38 years, the group has advocated for responsible handling of nuclear waste, energy conservation and clean energy.

Solarize the Valley 2017 Community Partners include Idaho Smart Growth, League of Women Voters, Conservation Voters for Idaho, Idaho Conservation League, Sierra Club, US Green Building Council Idaho Chapter, and the Boise Co-op.

Phil and Patti Bellan installed rooftop solar thru Solarize the Valley 2016 and now charge their electric vehicle with clean solar energy.

The Alliance and several members have voiced concern about how little public information has been provided to support an exemption from federal licensing for a shipment of “hot” water to the US Ecology hazardous waste disposal site in Grand View, Idaho. The proposed shipment of 200,000 gallons of water from the Vermont Yankee Power Station would includes low levels of gamma and beta emitting isotopes. Vermont Yankee would normally send this radioactive water to a federally-licensed facility in Clive, Utah.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality submitted no comments either supporting or objecting to the shipment being exempted from the regular federal licensing requirements. The agency was not able to assure us that the public would be fully informed of the actual level of radioactivity found in the shipment. (See letter).  The Alliance does not believe this shipment in and of itself will be a public health concern. However, we have requested a meeting with US Ecology and will report back what we learn to our members and potentially affected communities.

My name is Jason Pretty Boy and I am the new staff member here at Snake River Alliance.  I started on the first of April and am looking forward to working with all of you and the wonderful staff at Snake River Alliance.  I am a Lakota (Sioux) tribal member from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North/South Dakota.  I am also a life long Idahoan (with pauses for school and work) having grown up in the Declo area on a small farm/ranch operation.

I will be sending out emails from time to time with volunteer opportunities and upcoming events.  If you find something that strikes your fancy you can follow back with me, my email is jprettyboy@snakeriveralliance.org.

-Jason

The fox is truly guarding the apple blossoms in Washington, DC, this year. So the Snake River Alliance will field a team of five volunteer activists to fight back.

This May, five Alliance members – old and young – will donate their time and out-of-pocket expenses to represent YOU by going to Washington, DC, to participate in a week of citizen lobbying. We need your financial help to fight in the halls of Congress for a nuclear-free future.

A lot has changed in Washington lately, but not the power of old-fashioned lobbying. Public money has always propped-up the nuclear industry, and now that industry is lobbying for even more of your tax dollars to take care of its dangerous waste and underwrite nuclear technologies that have been tried and failed before.

We will reach out to recently appointed members of the Trump Administration – not just with online petitions – but with personal contacts and shoe leather.

We can’t do it without you! Please help us get our volunteers to Washington. Your $1000 gift would cover airfare for one of our five participants. A gift of $600 will cover lodging and food for a volunteer.

Your $100 gift will pay for 10 briefing packets for Members of Congress on pending legislation that would harm taxpayers and the environment. Any amount will help our lobbying team hit the ground running. Please consider donating $50 or $100 to help this grassroots campaign succeed.

This won’t be easy, but our volunteers are brave. We plan to have up to 100 meetings with elected officials and agency heads. We will talk directly with Members of Congress, the DOE, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

This is a crucial project and we need your help. The Snake River Alliance’s most important job is to protect our land, water, and people. Direct people-to-people contact is the best way to win hearts and minds.

The Alliance will work with other grassroots groups to support clean energy and a world free of nuclear weapons. We’ll remind people in DC that people in Idaho are at risk from the nuclear waste that is already here.

Getting our volunteers to Washington, DC, is how we build relationships with those in power and become even more effective, year-round advocates for Idaho.

Please become part of our grassroots lobbying effort by making a gift to help cover the direct costs of getting our Idaho ambassadors to DC. This could make all the difference.

Some Trump appointees ignore the lessons of Fukushima and want taxpayers to pay for more of the same old, dangerous technology. But we haven’t forgotten the failed promises of the nuclear industry and will fight to protect Idaho.