Solar Panel Installations In New Hampshire

Solar panel installations started to show up in significant numbers in New Hampshire in 2015. This is the year that the state surpassed 10 megawatts of solar capacity. As of 2018, there’s a total of 85 megawatts bringing the state to 38th nationwide.

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Here are some key numbers about the state’s solar activity to date;*

  • The state’s solar power capacity can now provide 13,480 homes with electricity.
  • New Hampshire has 87 solar companies, enabling the employment of approximately 890.
  • The cumulative total solar power investment now stands at $236 million.
  • Prices for solar in the state have dropped 47 percent over the past 5 years.

A notable recently completed solar project is called the Peterborough Solar Array. The project, completed in 2016, comes in at 1 megawatt which is enough for 152 homes. Although there have only been residential and commercial solar installations to date, there are plans for major utility projects starting in 2019.

The state has a renewable portfolio standard that mandates that at least 25 percent of the states electricity needs be covered by renewables. Solar is only required to be .07 percent of this total.**

Net metering in New Hampshire calls for homeowners being credited for their excess electricity at the avoided cost rate. System sizes can be as large as 25 kilowatts.**

About 35 solar installers now operate in the state. They can be found in Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester, Laconia, Berlin, Claremont, Lebanon, Keene, and Conway to name a few. The state can actually boast that a fair amount of installed solar is from the residential sector*

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