Solar Ribbon Cutting to Focus on Hanover Municipal Projects
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Hanover, N.H. — A solar ribbon-cutting is scheduled on August 22 to highlight the Town of Hanover’s efforts to transition away from fossil fuels. The event will start at 4 p.m. outside Town Hall at 41 South Main Street in Hanover.
A 16.64-kilowatt, grid-tied solar array recently installed on the roof of Hanover Town Hall includes 52 solar panels and will generate approximately 17,000 hours of clean energy each year. The array will offset 9 tons of carbon pollution annually, equivalent to the carbon sequestered by nearly 10 acres of forests.
A second rooftop array is installed at Hanover’s water reclamation facility. The 69.76-kilowatt, grid-tied project includes 218 solar panels which will generate nearly 80,000 kilowatt-hours of solar electricity each year and offset roughly 41 tons of carbon pollution annually.
The town also has signed a letter of intent for the construction of a third solar array later this year at the Hanover Water Department reservoir. The proposed 700-kilowatt project is designed as a ground-mounted system with approximately 2,000 solar panels.
In 2017, Hanover became the first “Ready for 100” town in New Hampshire. The program is a Sierra Club initiative that encourages leaders across the country to commit to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. The municipality approved an article at its 2017 town meeting which set the community-wide goal of transitioning to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and transitioning heating and transportation to run on clean, renewable sources of energy by 2050.
“It is our desire to offset the entire municipal load and develop additional capacity for community solar when regulations are more favorable,” according to Peter Kulbacki, Director of Public Works for the Town of Hanover. “Additionally, Hanover is perusing a green power supply option for residents and small businesses as well as helping develop Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) which could provide our larger users with a long-term green power option with stable rates.”
In 2014, Hanover was named the Environmental Protection Agency’s first Green Power Community in New Hampshire. Solar energy projects across town include businesses and town residents plus institutions like Dartmouth College with nearly 700 kilowatts of solar capacity across campus.
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