SunEdison finishes construction on 942kW PV plant in New Hampshire

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The 942kW plant is expected to save Peterborough taxpayers an estimated US$250,000 in electricity fees.

Renewable energy development company SunEdison has finished construction on New Hampshire’s largest solar power plant — a 942kW DC facility for the town of Peterborough.

SunEdison will provide solar energy generated by this plant to the town over the next 20 years — saving taxpayers an estimated US$250,000 in energy fees.

Tom Leyden, SunEdison's vice president of partner development, said: “The town of Peterborough is blazing the trail for more renewable energy projects in New Hampshire.  Solar projects like this one save taxpayer's money and bring new economic activity to the area in the form of construction jobs and land lease payments.

“And because we've worked with dozens of municipal customers, we know how to meet their unique needs in even the most challenging circumstances—in this instance we're constructing the solar system on a capped waste water lagoon at the town's waste water treatment plant.”

The project is expected to produce more than 100% of the town’s waste water treatment plant’s electricity needs and also cut down on CO2 emissions by more than 17 million pounds over the period of SunEdison’s agreement.

Rodney Bartlett, Peterborough's town administrator, added: “The town of Peterborough welcomes the new solar power plant, which is a part of our plan to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions while generating energy savings.

“Solar projects like this one save taxpayer's money and bring new economic activity to the area in the form of construction jobs and land lease payments. And because we've worked with dozens of municipal customers, we know how to meet their unique needs in even the most challenging circumstances—in this instance we're constructing the solar system on a capped waste water lagoon at the town's waste water treatment plant.”

SunEdison partnered with Borrego Solar, a developer, designer, installer, and operations and maintenance provider of commercial solar, to finish the installation after acquiring it from Borrego Solar earlier in 2015.

The project was funded in part due to a grant from the New Hampshire Public Utility Commission. Operation and maintenance of the solar systems will be led by SunEdison Services.  

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