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Select Board considers PSNH lighting rebate

WILTON — The Select Board is considering taking advantage of a Public Service of New Hampshire rebate that would allow them to update lighting at the Town Hall and Police Station at half the cost.

The board met on Oct. 7 with a representative of LighTec, Inc., a commercial lighting provider in Merrimack to discuss options for retrofitting the Town Hall and Police Department buildings. Currently, the Town Hall uses 31,747 average kilowatt hours per year, while the police department uses 22,543. Switching to a more modern lighting system would provide the same amount of light at a lower wattage.

Should both buildings switch to new lighting systems, it would save the town about $1,095 annually. With PSNH offering a 50 percent rebate for the work, the town would make back its investment in about four and a half years, according to LighTec, Inc.’s proposal. After the rebate, it would cost $2,753 to retrofit the Town Hall, including the Wilton Town Hall Theatre, which is housed in the same building, and $2,172 to retrofit the police department.

“It makes sense to do it,” said Select Board Chair Dan Donovan.

Select Board member Bill Condra asked if the rebate offer would be valid past March, so voters could vote to fund the project. The representative replied that it was good for one year. Donovan requested that the representative return next month with a similar proposal for replacing the lights with LED lighting, instead of a lower wattage system that uses fluorescent lighting. The representative agreed to do so.

The Select Board will meet next on Monday in the Selectman’s Office in the Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

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