Inter-Lakes High School – Meredith, NH

A series of renewable energy projects have transformed the Inter-Lakes School District (ILSD) into one of the most energy-diverse school districts in New Hampshire. Their largest solar installation is a 345.6-kilowatt, ground-mounted solar electric array located near the High School’s football field.

The 960-panel grid-tied array will generate roughly 401.6 megawatt-hours of electricity every year, providing 100% of the school’s electrical load and offsetting the equivalent of over 694,357 miles driven in a gas-powered car.

Other school district energy improvements have included weatherization, lighting upgrades, and transitioning from oil to a wood pellet boiler for heating. The school district has 2 other solar arrays – a 17.1 kW solar electric array on the roof of Sandwich Central School, and a solar hot water system on the roof of Inter-Lakes Elementary School in Meredith.

Inter-Lakes School District was recognized in June 2016 by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) as a 2016 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency for its efforts to foster the economy and to protect the environment via its commitment to energy efficiency.

By the numbers:

System size: 345.6 kilowatts (960 solar panels)
System output: 401,600 kilowatt-hours/yr
CO₂ reduction: 422,884 pounds/yr