LEBANON — Solar panels are going up on City Hall, the police station, the landfill and other city properties as part of the solar energy project.
The city announced this week that the construction on the arrays is starting this month, with all of the panels up and operational by the end of the year, according to Tad Montgomery, Lebanon’s energy and facilities manager.
“The Solar Subcommittee of the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee has been working on this project with the city manager’s office, DPW, and energy and facilities manager for over a year, and we are delighted to finally announce that the arrays will all be up and operating by the end of the year,” Montgomery said.
The panels are going up at the Kilton Library, the landfill recycling center and maintenance garage, the DPW administration and maintenance buildings on Dartmouth College Highway, the police station, a large ground-mounted array at the wastewater treatment plant, and the roof of a large shed at the same plant, according to Montgomery. The project is 818 kilowatts in size and will produce more than 900,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in the first year, or about 23 percent of Lebanon’s total electricity usage, he said.
“We estimate that it will reduce the municipality’s greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 1.1 million pounds each year,” Montgomery said.
Lebanon is partnering with ReVision Energy, a Maine company that has offices throughout New England, including the Upper Valley. ReVision will put up the solar array and own the equipment, selling the electricity back to the city. After five years, the city would be able to purchase the arrays from ReVision.
Montgomery said the project will help Lebanon save money will it also reduces its carbon footprint.
“We expect that this project will save the city roughly $12,000 per year over the first five years, and $740,000 over 20 years,” Montgomery said.