Norwich Solar Technologies has completed a community solar project in Charlestown, New Hampshire.
Group net metering has been available in New Hampshire for a few years, but only recently could participants receive credits on their electric bills directly. This new way for state residents to benefit from solar stems from recent changes enacted by the New Hampshire legislature. With this legislative change, Norwich Solar was able to offer New Hampshire residents an easier way to participate and save by utilizing the on-bill credit method through community solar.
“Since we are surrounded by lovely old oak trees, rooftop solar was not an option for our total-electric house and plug-in vehicle. Being part of a community-solar project will enable us to reduce our carbon footprint significantly,” said new subscriber Lorraine Kelly.
With the help of Sustainable Hanover’s 2020 Solarize Hanover campaign, Norwich Solar was able to help 19 Upper Valley residential customers go solar. Each of the 19 member-owners in the project owns a specified number of panels sized to match the owner’s electric consumption. By bringing the owners together as a part of a larger project and “community,” the member-owners can benefit from the efficiencies of a larger array, achieve their desired result of going solar, and work around the challenges of having the panels mounted directly on their home.
The Charlestown Community Solar project is the first of many that Norwich Solar Technologies plans to develop and construct in New Hampshire, in addition to the many ongoing community solar projects already in development in Vermont. Jim Merriam, CEO of NST said, “We are so excited how this new opportunity makes it easy for New Hampshire residents to benefit from solar. We think everyone has the right to choose how they get their power, and we hope this is just the beginning for New Hampshire residents.”
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