News : Solar Power Rising in N.H.

Jul 13, 2015

Originally published on Fosters and in the Portsmouth Herald.

By Morgan Palmer

A Stratham-based alternative energy company hopes to change New Hampshire's status as a solar energy laggard.
NHSolarGarden.com is working on building solar arrays all over the state that would create more solar energy in New Hampshire than all of the current solar energy projects combined.
Andrew Kellar, who founded NHSolarGarden.com in 2013, says the Granite State has been lagging in solar development in comparison to other states. New Hampshire, which currently has around 7 megawatts of solar energy installed state-wide, was ranked 33rd in solar development nationally by the Solar Energy Industries Association. In comparison, Massachusetts is ranked fourth in solar development nationally and has 308 megawatts of solar energy. Vermont is ranked 22nd in the country in solar development and has 79 megawatts of solar energy.
Development of solar energy now is crucial, said Kellar, as electric rates in the state are continuing to climb. New Hampshire has the eighth highest electricity rate in the country, and rates have increased around 7.9 percent in the last 11 years.

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