Peterborough OKs state's largest solar array project
By a show of cards, Peterborough voters unanimously approve the construction of what will be the state's largest solar array. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
The planned array will be close to double the 500 kilowatt capacity of the state’s current largest solar array at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, said Jack Ruderman, director of Renewable Energy at the state Public Utilities Commission.
The next four largest solar arrays in the state are all under 200 kilowatts, Ruderman said.
Most home solar arrays the commission receives rebate applications for fall between 4 and 5 kilowatts, Ruderman said.
Earlier this year, the state Executive Council awarded Peterborough a $1.2 million PUC grant for the $2.6 million project.
Borrego will own and operate the solar array, and Peterborough officials have agreed to sign a 20-year contract with Borrego to purchase the electricity the photovoltaic array produces.
Town officials expect the solar array to meet most of the town’s electricity needs at a lower cost than it is paying now.
Through the solar array agreement, the town would pay 8 cents per kilowatt. The town currently pays a negotiated rate of 7 cents per kilowatt, which is a good price, Bartlet said. However, costs for the town are 14 cents per kilowatt when costs from Public Service of New Hampshire for distribution and transmission, a demand charge and several other smaller fees are added.
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