Phillips Exeter Academy is home to one of the largest rooftop solar arrays of any school in New Hampshire. The ballasted rooftop array was recently installed by ReVision Energy on the academy’s new, 84,574-square-foot field house in Exeter.
Generating electricity with sunshine will save the academy more than $2 million in energy costs over the life of the system and will offset the majority of the athletic facility’s electric load. The array consists of 1,552 solar panels, one of the largest in Unitil’s utility service territory.
Each year the array will generate roughly 565,600 kilowatt-hours of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of driving over 1,031,600 miles in a gas-powered car.
Phillips Exeter focuses on sustainability with 13 student-run environmental clubs, and other initiatives by the school including geothermal wells for heating and cooling and a focus on sustainable dining and reducing waste.
By the numbers:
System size:535 kilowatts (1,552 solar panels) System output:565,600 kilowatt-hours/yr CO₂ reduction:595,576 pounds/yr