News : Success Yields "Gateway" to Solar

Oct 18, 2013

Puublished in the Seacoast Online and Portsmouth Patch

For three afternoon hours two Sundays ago, Bill Buckley beamed with wide-eyed excitement as droves of students new and old filed into Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga for the Portsmouth studio’s one-year anniversary. He watched as his vision – of a business borne from passion, of an increasingly conscious community – sparked an energy that filled the Button Factory’s old furnace room like so many bygone fires.

Now, with momentum marshaled and a new year of open doors ahead, Buckley is setting his sites on a compact power of a different kind – a 72-panel, 18-kilowatt solar system astride the studio’s top hat roof.

For Buckley, the new array – expected to cover a whopping 95% of the building’s energy use – will mark the end of a process more than a year in the making, and another turned page in a truly unique personal journey.

“The plan has been to install a solar system from the beginning, so to have it this close to happening, it’s pretty exciting,” says Buckley, who practices and taught martial arts for over 20 years before opening Gateway last October. “It’s been quite a learning curve over the last year, both with the business and with the process of getting the business to run on solar.”

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