The Inaugural Solar PV Array – Plymouth, NH
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 320w solar panels were installed on three steel ground mounts and two wooden picnic pavilions built by PAREI, Mauchly Electric and 12 local volunteers from PAREI and the NH Electric Cooperative. The PV system was installed by Revision Energy in September – October, 2018 and commissioned on October 29, 2018. The projected solar production for the 28.8kW PV system is estimated to be 34,523kWH annually.