SunEdison announced the completion of the 942kWdc solar power plant built for the town of Peterborough, New Hampshire. The project was acquired earlier in 2015 from Borrego Solar, a developer, designer, installer and O&M service provider for commercial solar systems. For next 20 years, SunEdison will help the town save taxpayers an estimated US$250,000 on energy generated by the solar power plant.
"The town of Peterborough welcomes the new solar power plant, which is a part of our plan to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions while generating energy savings," said Rodney Bartlett, Peterborough's town administrator. "The SunEdison solar system will save our town more than $250,000 over the 20-year life of the agreement, and helps us meet our sustainability and climate goals."
“Because we've worked with dozens of municipal customers, we know how to meet their unique needs in even the most challenging circumstances,” said Tom Leyden, SunEdison's vice president of partner development. “In this instance we're constructing the solar system on a capped waste water lagoon at the town's waste water treatment plant."
The Peterborough solar system is expected to generate more than 100% of the town's waste water treatment facility's electricity needs. The system will also offset electricity at other municipal buildings, and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 17 million pounds over the period of the agreement—the equivalent carbon sequestered by more than 6,300 acres of U.S. forests in a year.
The system was funded in part by a grant from the New Hampshire Public Utility Commission. Operation and maintenance of the solar systems will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global asset management, monitoring and reporting services.