News : Durham gathers to celebrate solar initiatives

Mar 19, 2014

Published in Fosters Daily Democrat

DURHAM — What do Durham’s public library, police station, and skating rink have in common? Solar energy systems installed by ReVision Energy, the company selected by the town as a green energy partner.

Up and running since late December 2013, Durham’s new solar systems can generate up to 120 kW per year. “This is equivalent to powering 25 average households and will lower Durham’s carbon footprint or CO2 emissions by over 164,000 pounds annually,” Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig says. “For Durham this is a big deal and sets the tone for the community as a whole.”

Approximately 25 people joined the Durham Energy Committee and ReVision Energy on March 6 at the Durham Public Library for a community mixer and potluck dinner to raise sustainability awareness within the town. Young’s Restaurant, Mei Wei Chinese Restaurant, Adelle’s Coffeehouse and La Festa donated food for the event.

“New Hampshire’s biggest export during the winter months is dollars due to high demand for fossil fuel heating,” according to Steve Condon, marketing manager for Revision Energy. “One of the most oil dependent states in the U.S., 58 percent of homes in N.H. are heated with oil,” said Condon.

In Durham, however, anyone driving around town will notice an increase in rooftop solar panels over the last few years. The Open PV Project of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that 27 installations have been registered in Durham. “These are primarily residential but also include the town’s own three, plus one additional large commercial installation at the Durham Boat Company located on Route 108/Newmarket Road,” Selig said.

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