News : Solar energy project nearly finished in Durham

Dec 10, 2013

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat on December 8th, 2013.

By Casey Conley

cconley@fosters.com

DURHAM — Construction is nearly finished on a $410,000 solar energy project that will power three town buildings and sharply reduce the town’s carbon footprint.

Best of all, the panels atop the Durham Public Library, the Churchill Rink and the Durham Police Department were installed at no cost to local taxpayers.

The town partnered on the project with ReVision Energy, a Maine company that has a large facility in Exeter. The company will own and operate the panels for at least the next six years. In the seventh year, the town has the option to buy that equipment for about 70 percent less than the installation price.

Meantime, the town will pay ReVision for any power the panels generate. That electricity will cost Durham no more than what it already pays for power.

“We won’t see power bills drop as a result of this installation for the next six years,” Durham town administrator Todd Selig said. “But the benefit is we are reducing our carbon footprint and relying on the sun for energy instead of fossil fuels.”

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