Children’s Museum of New Hampshire & Dover Pool – Dover, New Hampshire
318 solar panels on the roof of the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover and adjacent Dover Pool generate roughly 116,794 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. Their 101.76 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system was installed in December of 2018, and will produce enough electricity each year to offset the equivalent of driving over 213,000 miles in a gas-powered car.
The City of Dover installed the solar array on the museum and pool at no upfront cost through a Power Purchase Agreement. The renewable energy sourcing ties in with the museum’s mission to engage families in hands-on discovery, with exhibits about a variety of topics from world cultures to the post office to local ecosystems.
The solar array for the museum and pool will produce enough electricity to cover approximately 30% of their energy needs and will save them about $550,000 over the life of the system. The city is also planning other energy efficiency upgrades, including LED lighting.