Granite Air Center
Aerial photos courtesy Braxton Freeman
Granite Air Center, Inc. has partnered with Norwich Solar Technologies of White River Junction, Vermont, to install a 218.1-kilowatt DC, Net-Metered Photovoltaic (PV) System on the main hangar rooftop at their facility at 58 Airport Road in Lebanon, New Hampshire, the largest to date in the city.
The solar array will provide Granite Air long-term energy cost reduction and stability through the integration of clean, renewable solar electricity. Granite Air Center is Lebanon Airport’s primary Fixed Base Operator, providing refueling, repair, maintenance, deicing and other services to public air carriers as well as commercial aircraft.
Granite Air’s monthly electricity consumption is around 22,000-kilowatt hours, or 264,000 kWh annually. Their solar PV array is expected to meet most of Granite Air’s electricity needs.
Norwich Solar Technologies Scope
Norwich Solar Technologies provided complete services for the project including permitting, site analysis, engineering, procurement, construction and long-term maintenance of the system. The project also required an FAA review, which Norwich Solar facilitated, ensuring that the array does not obstruct visibility from the tower or cause a glare hazard for pilots by using all black PV modules.
In addition to long-term energy savings, the solar array will provide the environmental benefits of offsetting the equivalent of 5,554,000 lbs. of CO2 or 268,000 gallons of Jet A fuel over its warranted 25-year lifespan.