Solar power in New Hampshire

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Exeter High School 98 kW solar array[1]

Solar power in New Hampshire provides a small percentage of the state's electrity. State renewable requirements and declining prices have led to some installations. One study found that photovoltaics on rooftops can provide 21% of all electricity used in New Hampshire.[2] A 2012 estimate suggests that a typical 5 kW system costing $25,000 before credits and utility savings will pay for itself in 11 years, and generate a profit of $32,061 over the rest of its 25-year life.[3] New Hampshire has a rebate program which pays $0.75/W for residential systems up to 5 kW, for up to 50% of the system cost, up to $3,750.[4]

Net metering is available for up to 1 MW generation, but is capped at 50 MW. Excess generation is perpetually rolled over each month, and customers can elect to be paid at avoided cost once a year.[5] The organization Freeing the Grid gave the state a B for net metering and a D for interconnection.[6] The state renewable portfolio standard calls for 10.65% of electricity from renewable energy in 2012, including 0.15% from solar, and 24.8% by 2025, including 0.3% from solar.[7] Noncompliance is used to fund renewable energy, and resulted in payments of $1.3 million in 2009[8] and $2.6 million in 2010.[9]

In 2005, New Hampshire's largest solar array was the 50 kW solar array on the roof of the Stonyfield Farm yogurt factory.[10] It remained the largest in the state until PSNH installed a 51 kW array on their roof in 2009.[11]

In 2012, New Hampshire's largest solar array was the 525 kW solar array installed on the top level of the Manchester Airport parking garage.[12]

In a pilot program, a solar panel was installed on each utility pole, four in Nashua and four in Berlin. The output can be monitored online. 200,000 are being installed in New Jersey.[13]

New Hampshire's average electricity price of 16.47¢/kWh is the sixth highest in the country.[14]

Installed capacity[edit]

Source: NREL[15]
Grid-Connected PV Capacity (MW)[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]
Year Capacity Installed % Change
2007 0.1
2008 0.1
2009 0.7 0.5 600%
2010 2.0 1.3 186%
2011 3.1 1.0 55%
2012 5.4 2.3 74%
2013 9.6 4.1 75%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Exeter Region High School
  2. ^ Report Argues for a Decentralized System of Renewable Power Generation
  3. ^ New Hampshire
  4. ^ Renewable Energy Rebate Program
  5. ^ New Hampshire Net Metering
  6. ^ Freeing the grid
  7. ^ Renewables Portfolio Standard
  8. ^ Annual RPS Compliance Report for 2009
  9. ^ Annual RPS Compliance Report for 2010
  10. ^ Stonyfield Farm Solar Array
  11. ^ Solar at Energy Park
  12. ^ Project Experience: Manchester Airport Solar Project, New Hampshire
  13. ^ Solar on Utility Poles
  14. ^ Residential Electricity Prices, April 2012 (cents/kWh)
  15. ^ "PV Watts". NREL. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 17. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  17. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  18. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2010). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2009". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  19. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  20. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2008). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2007". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  21. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2009). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2008" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  22. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  23. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2014). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2014-09-26. 

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