BUILDING COMMUNITY FUNDED ARRAYS TO SHARE THE BENEFITS OF SOLAR ENERGY WITH LOW INCOME FAMILIES
INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF SOLAR ENERGY POWERING OUR ELECTRIC GRID
A DONATION TO NH SOLAR SHARES IS A GIFT THAT WILL KEEP IN GIVING TO LOW INCOME FAMILIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT FOR OVER 25 YEARS
INTEGRATING SOLAR SYSTEMS IN TO OUR COMMUNITIES WITH CARE AND CREATIVITY, PRODUCING ENERGY WITHOUT HARMFUL EMISSIONS
About NH Solar Shares
NH Solar Shares in partnership with many community partners including the NH Electric Cooperative will design and install solar PV arrays one community at a time. The project brings multiple wins to our communities:
• Sharing proceeds generated from solar energy with low income families,
• Increasing the portion of clean renewable energy on our grid, and
• Contributing to building healthier, more sustainable communities.
Each array will be inspired by a task force of local volunteers and be built using funds from grants, crowd funding, individual donors, fundraisers and the state’s solar incentive. The first goal is to build one PV array in Plymouth, NH and two more in near-by communities with the goal of installing 125kW worth of solar by the Fall of 2018. The solar will be installed by NH solar installers with the help of volunteers to prep the site.
The project is located on Fosters Street in Plymouth, NH. Alex Ray of the Common Man Family of Restaurants has donated space in front of the Common Man Inn between the railroad tracks and Rte. 3. The property currently houses the Frosty Scoops seasonal ice cream stand operated as a Youth Entrepreneurial Program through the Community for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth (CADY).
The solar picnic area is located uphill to the east of the current ice cream stand. A selective tree cut took place to the northwest of the solar arrays to create a glade and park like feel for picnic goers. The backdrop of the glade is three picturesque oak trees. A nature path was built through the glade and back along the wooded road side. The path will include educational signs about the sun and solar energy. The Common Man has future plans to build a permanent ice cream stand uphill from the existing one.
The solar PV system size is 28.8kW. Ninety solar panels were installed on three steel ground mounts and two wooden picnic pavilions built by local volunteers. The PV system was installed by Revision Energy in September – October, 2018. The projected solar production for the 28.8kW PV system is 34,523kWH annually.
Fundraising and design for our second community solar installation in Warren, NH is now underway.
Over 25 volunteers arrived Saturday morning, the first day of…