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Molly Kelly visits Peterborough’s solar array

  • Gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly (D-Harrisville) met with Peterborough Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett to view the town's 1-megawatt solar field, the largest in the state, on Friday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly (D-Harrisville) met with Peterborough Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett to view the town's 1-megawatt solar field, the largest in the state, on Friday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly (D-Harrisville) met with Peterborough Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett to view the town's 1-megawatt solar field, the largest in the state, on Friday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly (D-Harrisville) met with Peterborough Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett to view the town's 1-megawatt solar field, the largest in the state, on Friday morning. Staff photo by Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, August 24, 2018 4:30PM

Gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly said she will be a champion of clean and locally produced energy while touring Peterborough’s 1-megawatt solar array on Friday morning.

Kelly (D-Harrisville) has been touring several solar and hydropower sites across the state as part of her campaign leading up to the Sept. 11 primary vote. If she takes the office, she will push for a statewide energy plan that prioritizes renewable energy production, she said, while speaking to Peterborough Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett.

“We need to get to 100 percent renewable, we know that,” she said.

Kelly spoke against two veto orders handed down by Gov. Chris Sununu this summer, including one which would have expanded the net metering cap on a law which Kelly sponsored. The bill, HB446, would have raised the amount of energy that producers could sell to the energy grid from 1 megawatt to 5 megawatts.

“I question the veto on that bill,” Kelly said.

If elected, she would support expanding that cap, she said.

“I don’t think we need a cap at all,” she said.

Bartlett said he had written a letter in support of HB446, because the town has additional flat land surrounding the town’s wastewater treatment plant, where the array is built, and would like to expand.

Kelly said she is not taking campaign contributions from corporations, including the energy industry, so she can look at issues like the state’s energy portfolio without obligations.

“I’m not working with special interests. I’m working with people like you,” she told Bartlett.

Kelly said she also opposed the veto of another bill, SB365, which would have mandated that the state’s utilities contract with the state’s six biomass plants and buy energy at 80 percent of the default energy rate. Since the veto, most of the state’s biomass plants have shut down.

Sununu cited protecting ratepayers from increased prices in his decision to veto both bills. The legislature will convene in September to vote to accept or override the governor’s vetos.

Kelly will be on the Democratic primary ticket on Sept. 11, along with Steve Marchand, a former mayor of Portsmouth and candidate for governor in 2016.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.