News : Meet a Green Alliance Business: Ultra Geothermal Inc.
Published in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online
Who: Ultra Geothermal Inc.
What: Ultra Geothermal owner Melissa Aho says geothermal's popularity has risen over the years despite its initial upfront cost. With more than a decade of installations, Ultra has proven that customer savings outweigh those costs. Ultra has installed more than 750 systems in New Hampshire alone, including a University of New Hampshire dorm building with 52 operating geothermal units.
Geothermal is one of the cleanest and most efficient renewable energy technologies available, delivering heating and cooling that is up to five times as efficient as that provided by standard fuel oil. While certainly complex, the systems require very little maintenance and, once installed, can have a life expectancy of up to 40 years.
Ultra offers educational one-on-one appointments that showcase an operating geothermal system at its office in Barrington. Ultra Geothermal installations always achieve Energy Star Standards or higher, and all heat pumps are certified. Aho has participated in LEED certification programs through the Jordan Institute and is a member of the Build Green N.H. In 2011, Ultra was one of six New Hampshire businesses to receive New Hampshire Business Magazine's Lean & Green Award.
Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald or on Seacoast Online.