Peterborough Town Library receives $27,000 rebate for energy-efficiency measures

  • A new engraving identifying the Peterborough Town Library outside. Staff photo by Stacy Hannings

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/1/2021 11:30:22 AM

Energy-efficiency upgrades built into the Peterborough Town Library’s renovation earned the library a $27,000 rebate from Eversource, an amount Library Director Corinne Chronopoulos called significant.

“The energy efficiency of the building was a priority throughout the project,” Chronopoulos said. “That funding goes back to the library project and helps us continue to bring this project in on budget, so that’s exciting.” 

The library renovation was completed in September after 14 months of work, and some of the project’s final bills and pledges are still outstanding. According to volunteer project manager Tina Kriebel, the project has already come in on budget and there was no issue with fundraising, but the decision to apply for the rebate was important for the town and the library.

“We applied for the incentive because it was good for the project and good for the town,” she said. “We had enough money to complete the project, but it was still the right thing to do.”

The renovations were actually intended to have this impact almost from the beginning, according to Kriebel. 

“When we were researching fundraising for the project, one of the things that we uncovered was that Eversource sponsors energy-efficiency rebates,” she said, through an Eversource program called NHSaves, which incentivizes energy efficiency in many sectors. 

As the project went along, they worked with their construction manager as well as a consultant at Eversource to decide on energy-efficient upgrades and calculate what their rebate would be. 

These upgrades include interior and exterior use of LED lighting, variable-frequency drives for heating and cooling pumps and above-code insulation. The last item accounted for more than a third of the rebate, according to Kriebel, and in total, the building will have an annual energy savings of 43,371 kilowatt-hours.

“Energy efficiency was one of our core driving principles in building design,” Kriebel said. “We wanted a fantastic human-centered space that honored the historic building, but Peterborough is really known for its energy efficiency. We have solar; we use wood chip and wood pellets, and it’s really important to Peterborough residents and has been for a long time. So we wanted to make sure that this new building was walking the walk and talking the talk.”

Aside from the upgrades that account for the rebate, the building also features a biomass boiler, a heat-activated cooling system and a 217-panel solar array expected to produce more than 75,5000 kWh of energy each year.

“As a building that represents Peterborough – and historically, when the building was created it was people who looked forward to, ‘if we let everyone have access to this education then our community will be stronger’ – we wanted to be able to look forward,” Kriebel said. “To have a building that was kind of leading the way as far as making good energy choices and moving away from fossil fuels.”


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