Producing & Distributing Local Hand Sanitizer

Emmett Smith, Founder & CEO


Hand Sanitizer delivered to St Paul's Food Pantry, Vermontville

The North Country has long experience with weather-related emergencies. Hydropower operators such as Azure Mountain Power are used to being on the front lines, managing floods and helping to keep the power on. The threat to our communities posed by the coronavirus is new and strange, but we are still here to do what we can.

“First and foremost, we want to reassure everyone that there is no anticipated interruption in energy production or service as a result of COVID 19,” says Northern Power & Light founder and CEO, Emmett Smith. “But this is also an opportunity for us to show what a local power company can be and support our neighbors through a difficult time.”

Northern Power & Light is partnering with Mountain Spirit Distilling to produce hand sanitizer from locally-made high-purity ethanol. Formulated using a recipe developed by the World Health Organization and approved for production by the FDA, the product is being distributed for free to area medical and emergency services such as the Citizen Advocates Health Clinic and Bloomingdale Fire Department, as well as community support organizations like St Paul’s Food Pantry and Saranac Lake Meals on Wheels. Local food retailers and delivery services such as Nori’s Market, Origin Coffee, and Bitter & Bones have also received free sanitizer. Email your request for hand sanitizer here.

There are two ways community members can support this effort. First, funds can be sent directly via our GoFundMe page. Second, bottles will be available to purchase through local retailers starting April 1, including The Village Mercantile in Saranac Lake, Potsdam Food Co-Op, North Country Co-Op in Plattsburgh, and Nature's Storehouse in Canton. They will also be available online at www.villagemerc.com. All donations and proceeds directly fund the free distribution of hand sanitizer to local medical and service workers.