The 288-panel solar array on the [Bar Harbor] Public Works Building will soon have a battery to go with it, as approved by Town Council in a unanimous vote last month.
The battery will store energy produced by the solar panels, and this energy will be used during periods of high energy demand. For the first five years, savings in the town’s utility costs will go to pay off the battery. Once paid off, the battery is projected to save the town over $7,500 per year in utility costs.
The battery installation was proposed by ReVision Energy, who installed the town’s solar array in 2015. Hans Albee, Professional Engineer for ReVision, told councilors at the June 18 meeting that having a battery to store energy would “continue to reduce cost at the facility.”
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Via News Center Maine:
Fresh milk from the farm and craft beer from the tap. The connection here: Solar power.
“It’s no secret that a brewery is a manufacturing plant. We have very large industrial motors and It takes a lot of power,” said Dan Kleban, co-founder of Maine Beer Company.
Kleban co-founded the Freeport brewery a decade ago. Dave Herring is the executive director of Wolfe’s Neck Center, also in Freeport.
“Just reducing our use of fossil fuels is not enough,” said Herring.
The two have linked up to help each other and the planet.
“Our goal is by 2030 is to be generating more energy through renewable energy than we use,” said Kleban.
Via Valley News:
City officials predict Lebanon will save about $12,000 on its annual electric bills until 2024, when it can buy the solar panels outright. Savings could then top $5 million over the solar arrays’ estimated 40-year lifespan.
“There are no upfront costs to the city, and it’s expected to save money compared to standard electric rates,” said Below, a former commissioner on the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission.
Under the proposed agreement, solar arrays will be installed at Lebanon City Hall, the public works garage and administration buildings, Kilton Public Library, the landfill’s recycling and maintenance facilities, the police station and wastewater treatment plant.
ReVision predicts the panels will be capable of generating 836 kilowatts of power, which will be used to power city facilities.
Via Seacoast Online:
With resident and U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan on hand, the town cut the ribbon and turned on a 216-panel solar array during a ceremony Friday.
The array was installed by ReVision Energy at the water and sewer plant and is expected to generate nearly 100 percent of the wastewater treatment plant’s electric load, Water and Sewer Commissioner Kathy Smith said. The array will produce approximately roughly 93,000-kilowatt hours of clean energy each year, which is equivalent to offsetting nearly 98,000 pounds of carbon pollution or the emissions from 5,000 gallons of gas.
The array is expected to save taxpayers roughly $530,000 over the system’s anticipated 40-year life if the town agrees to a purchase option with ReVision. It was built without cost to Newfields residents through a partnership between ReVision and Blue Haven Initiative, which financed the project, ReVision founder Bill Behrens said.
DOVER — A public ribbon cutting scheduled next month will showcase two rooftop solar arrays installed on the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and adjacent Dover Indoor Pool. ReVision Energy donated 103 solar panels for the installation, part of a 318-panel rooftop solar array at the museum and pool which share a common electricity meter.
The event will take place Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and will also feature the unveiling of a mural created by Seacoast Charter School student Sofia Self. The teenager’s art project is intended to spark conversations about the impacts of climate change.
“Economics is always a factor, but our organization really values the fact that we’re getting our power from a sustainable source,” Green said.
Lest one think that DCP is running its own power lines to eight buildings from Franklin to Calais to Ellsworth, the way it works is this: the energy generated by the solar array feeds into the electric grid, and DCP receives a credit that covers its energy costs. The panels are owned by ReVision, but DCP will eventually be able to buy them out in the future.
“As a result of this we’re looking at the possibility of doing this on other residential properties,” Green said. “What we can do is when we weatherize a low-income home, we can also help install solar panels like these.”
Sixth-graders at Bristol Consolidated School presented what they have learned about solar energy to the school’s younger students Thursday, Nov. 29, a few months after the school had solar panels installed on its roof.
“It was fun to watch the kids,” BCS Principal Jennifer Ribeiro said of the presentation, adding that younger students often pay close attention to what the older kids say. “I think it’s really powerful when the kids present to each other.”
ReVision Energy installed the school’s 266 panels in the spring. They began producing electricity July 24, according to Mondrian Shumate, a sales manager for ReVision Energy at its Liberty branch.
Residents of Mascoma Meadows manufactured housing community in Lebanon are celebrating the construction of a new solar array, the first in the state to power mobile homes in a resident-owned community.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, city and state leaders heralded the project as a bellwether for efforts to connect low and moderate-income households with renewable energy.
The array is financed by a combination of state grant funding and a Revision Energy program connecting investors to community solar projects. It sits on land donated to Mascoma Meadows by a neighboring church. Vermont Law School and the law firm Primmer, Piper, Eggleston & Cramer also contributed pro bono work to the project.
The panels are expected to save households in the community about $300 per year.