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Dublin: School now solar powered 

  • Dublin School’s solar array is producing power as of Dec. 29.  COURTESY PHOTO

  • Construction on Dublin School’s solar array began in October and took about two months according to Head of School Brad Bates.  COURTESY PHOTO

  • Construction on Dublin School’s solar array began in October and took about two months according to Head of School Brad Bates.  COURTESY PHOTO

  • Dublin School’s solar array is producing power as of Dec. 29.  COURTESY PHOTO

  • Dublin School’s solar array is located on campus near the soccer field and tennis court.  COURTESY PHOTO

  • Dublin School’s solar array is large enough to produce all the energy needs for the school with enough energy left over to cover planned building expansions.  COURTESY PHOTO



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Dublin School is now using solar power to provide 100 percent of its energy needs on campus.

The solar array was built during October and November, and went live at the end of December, said Head of School Brad Bates.

“We are very grateful to those who have helped us at the local, state, and federal level,” said Bates. “We are hooked up to the grid and producing power. It’s exciting and gratifying.”

Dublin School signed a power purchase agreement with Norwich Technologies of White River Junction, Vermont. The school does not own the array.

Rather than spending the money to construct the array – current estimates are in the range of $1 million – the school buys power at a reduced rate from Norwich Technologies until the agreement is up, which at that point, the school can buy the array.

This type of agreement was sought, according to Bates, as the school was unable to take advantage of a 30 percent federal credit and a $175,000 state grant.

Through this agreement, it is projected that Dublin School could save more than $34,500 in energy costs per year. The school paid $0.167 per kilowatt-hour, but is expected to pay $0.101 per kilowatt hour with a 2 percent annual increase through the Norwich Technologies agreement.

Bates said an additional benefit through the agreement was that Norwich Technologies found a more efficient solar panel before construction, meaning that the array itself is now eight percent more efficient.

 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.