Dover School Achieves Solar Milestone, Array to Save Taxpayers Over $4 Million
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Dover, N.H. — ReVision Energy has completed the installation of the largest rooftop solar array in company history. The project at the Dover High School and Career Technical Center includes 2,581 solar panels, increasing the state’s solar capacity by 1.5% and saving Dover taxpayers more than $4 million long-term at no upfront cost. The project was unanimously approved by the Dover City Council last year. A public solar ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the project is scheduled on September 19th.
The solar array has a useful lifespan of 40 years and will generate over 1,000 megawatt-hours of electricity each year, offsetting roughly 40% of the school’s electric load. The solar power generated by the array is equivalent to offsetting 558 tons of carbon pollution each year or the annual electricity use of 88 homes or the carbon sequestered by 600 acres of forests.
The 912-kilowatt array was financed through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) which enables the city to purchase electricity at below-market rates and includes a purchase option that becomes available in year 10 of the agreement. Exercising the purchase option would enable the city to acquire the array at a significant discount and produce free solar energy for decades to come.
Investor partner Kenyon Energy owns the school array and will sell the electricity to the city at a negotiated rate. PPAs enable nonprofits, municipalities, and schools that are precluded from accessing available solar incentives to transition to clean energy at no upfront cost. The PPA gives the city the ability to leverage the economic benefits of solar power while affording the investor partner the opportunity to make community investments that align with its core values of creating positive change in the world.
Ongoing maintenance and operations of the project will be managed by Bay4 Energy, one of the country’s leading solar service companies providing a comprehensive suite of energy and asset performance management services.
The Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) generated by the array will be sold by Kenyon Energy into environmental compliance markets for the term of the PPA. RECs are market-based mechanisms that represent the environmental benefits of solar power generation. A REC is produced when an array generates one megawatt-hour of solar electricity.
ReVision Energy’s agreement with the City of Dover includes an educational initiative aimed at teaching students how solar energy works and exposing students to the various functions involved in the engineering, electrical, and marketing aspects of the project.
According to Dover Energy Commission member Zachary Koehler, “This project has the potential to ignite the imaginations of current and future students. I am hopeful that this array will intrigue students to learn more about this technology and entice them to utilize the educational possibilities they have at Dover High School and the Career Technical Center.”
Koehler added, “This has the potential to stimulate a passion for engineering and development of this technology in their future endeavors, be it in furthering education or career opportunities. When this happens, our students can be the ones who bring our community, our state, and our country closer to the clean energy future that we so desperately need.”
The City of Dover also partnered with ReVision Energy on the installation of rooftop solar arrays at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and adjacent Dover Indoor Pool. ReVision Energy donated 103 solar panels for the installation, part of a 318-panel solar array at the museum and pool which share a common electricity meter. The rooftop projects installed on the museum and indoor pool are owned by ReVision Solar Impact Partners (RSIPs).
Under the terms of the RSIP program, impact investors provide capital to build solar projects. Investors earn a modest rate of return through payments made for solar generation, tax incentives, and other project benefits while solar installers benefit from a steady pipeline of work. The entity entering into the agreement receives a reduced electric bill. ReVision Energy continues to seek out impact partners for future projects. Learn more at revisionenergy.com/solarimpact.
ABOUT REVISION ENERGY
ReVision Energy is a local, employee-owned company on a mission to accelerate New England’s clean energy transition from fossil fuels to solar energy. As a Certified B Corporation, ReVision is part of a global movement using business as a force for good to solve social and environmental issues.
ReVision Energy consistently ranks among the best solar companies. The company has been recognized as the #1 Rooftop Installer in New England from 2017 through 2019 by Solar Power World Magazine and a 2018 “Business of the Year” by Business NH Magazine.
ABOUT KENYON ENERGY
Kenyon Energy is a leading developer, owner , and operator of solar energy projects in the United States. Kenyon Energy takes great pride in providing excellent customer service, while developing cost-effective, turnkey, and creative solar energy solutions for a diverse set of customers, including utilities, municipalities, schools and universities, federal and state government facilities, small and large industrial facilities, and Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit kenyonenergy.com.
ABOUT BAY4 ENERGY
Bay4 Energy is a leading independent renewable energy service organization that provides a comprehensive suite of energy and asset performance management services designed to keep owners, investors, and operators in touch with their renewable assets while delivering optimized energy production and financial returns. Bay4 is trusted by its partners to manage every aspect of a project or portfolio, including asset management, operations and maintenance, independent engineering reviews, monitoring, and more. For more information, visit bay4.com.