Nashua solar initiative aims to reduce carbon footprintBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
May 30. 2018 10:41PM
NASHUA — The Gate City has hopes of reducing its carbon footprint, starting with a new solar initiative.
“We are trying to increase the use of renewable energy here and in Hudson,” said Mayor Jim Donchess.
The city is joining with Granite State Solar and Turn Cycle Solutions for its new Nashua Solarize Plus Campaign, which will provide residents and business owners in Nashua and Hudson with about a 15 percent discount on new solar installations.
“This is the kind of thing we want to encourage,” Donchess said on Wednesday.
The three-month project will run until the end of August, with the goal of converting many buildings with solar.
Donchess stressed that residents who opt to install solar will not see an increase in their property assessments as a result of the conversion, meaning the energy-efficient change will not raise their property taxes.
“This is a great partnership,” said Mike Turcotte of Turn Cycle Solutions, which has its own energy efficiency division within the construction firm.
He said Turn Cycle Solutions is striving to make homes more comfortable and energy efficient.
Jamie Harris of Granite State Solar agreed, saying her company is eager to expand its services to new customers throughout the region as part of the campaign.
Both companies were selected by the city’s Environment and Energy Committee because of their strong customer service, value and experience, according to Madeleine Mineau, waterways manager for the city.
“We have done all of the work for the community,” she said of vetting the two organizations to assist with the solar project.
The Kaminaris family of Nashua recently used Granite State Solar to install 29 solar panels at their home on Souhegan Drive.
At a cost of $30,000, the family was able to obtain a $10,000 federal rebate through their taxes, as well as a $1,000 rebate from the state.
“If there are more incentives like this, people who want to do it will see the greater benefit and maybe jump on board,” said Stephanie Kaminaris. “Massachusetts gives more incentives than New Hampshire, and I think that is going to be key here.”
Two public information sessions will be held next month to talk to residents about the solar campaign. The events will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 6 at Nashua City Hall and from 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 9 at Elm Street Middle School.