Claremont Wastewater Treatment Plant – Claremont, NH
Claremont’s solar project is a key feature of the city’s multi-year plan to cuts costs and reduce environmental impacts. Last year, the Claremont City Council approved funding for the solar array, which has no impact on the city’s tax rate and is forecast to save taxpayers more than $800,000.
“Claremont has, and will remain, committed to cost-effective, alternative energy resources that lower costs both financially and to the environment,” said Claremont City Manager Ryan McNutt.
Claremont’s wastewater treatment plant is the city’s largest electricity user. “Water and wastewater treatment facilities are typically the largest electricity users in a given municipality, therefore providing the largest opportunity for savings,” according to ReVision Energy branch manager and employee-owner James Hasselbeck. “These plants often have underutilized roof or land available for solar generation with existing electrical equipment that typically can support large-scale solar electric systems without costly upgrades.”
Incorporating solar energy demonstrates the municipality’s commitment to sustainability while reducing its reliance on fossil fuels. The array lowers peak demand at the wastewater treatment plant and protects against electricity price spikes by locking in energy prices over the 40-year lifespan of the system.