City of Keene Department of Public Works and Police Department – Keene, NH

The City of Keene has taken a huge step forward in their sustainability, installing 2,010 solar panels on the roof of the town complex that houses the Department of Public Works and Keene’s Police Department in December of 2018.

Every year, this 643.2 kilowatt solar array will generate roughly 738,779 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of more than one million miles driven in a gas-powered car, or the carbon that could be sequestered by 416 acres of forests.

The project was financed through a Power Purchase Agreement, allowing the town to go solar at no upfront cost except that for the solar electricity they purchase from the array, and with the option to purchase the system after a period of time.

Sustainable Resolutions

This project is in line with Keene’s City Council-approved resolution to transition to 100% renewable sourcing for all electricity usage by the year 2030.

By the numbers:

System size: 643.2 kilowatts (2,010 solar panels)
System output: 738,779 kilowatt-hours/yr
CO₂ reduction: 777,934 pounds/yr