News : Franklin is Ground Zero for NH Solar

Jul 14, 2015

Originally published in Business NH Magazine.

by Michael Mccord

If all goes as planned, the largest municipal solar project of its kind will go online in Franklin later this year.

The agreement between the city of Franklin and NhSolarGarden will lead to the development of portions of 40 acres of currently unused land and generate more than 10 megawatts of power annually. It could go online as early as September.

Franklin city councilor and former mayor Tony Guinta has a unique perspective. Guinta works at Nobis Engineering in Concord, which is handling the site development.

“Franklin has constantly been criticized for being a community that’s struggled finding an adequate tax base ever since the booming mill industry left in the 1970s and 1980s,” Guinta said. “Franklin is showing the region, the state, the country, and the world that large solar installations are economically viable. We don’t have to wait five years from now or 10 years from now.”

Read the full story in Business NH Magazine.