Norwich Solar is a full-service solar company delivering clean energy and savings to our commercial, municipal, and institutional customers. With solar arrays sited across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, we’ve saved our customers over $24 million dollars on energy costs and avoided over 600 million pounds of CO2 emissions. We are looking for additional sites to further the benefits of renewable energy in the communities we serve.
If you are a landowner in New Hampshire or Vermont, your property can bring you additional benefits by hosting solar.
Turn your land into an additional income source
If you own a minimum of 10 acres located near three-phase distribution power line, your New Hampshire (Eversource service territory) or Vermont property may be eligible to support the renewable energy objectives of our communities and bring you additional income. Norwich Solar offers 25-year+ lease agreements to host a solar array. If you believe your land is viable for a solar power installation, reach out to Geoff Martin, Development Project Manager.
With recent increases in electric rates and the rollout of Community Power Aggregation (also referred to as “Community Choice Aggregation”), now is an excellent time to support new, renewable energy by hosting a solar array. Your land could be a key ingredient in helping NH communities source local, reliable, safe power. In addition to lowering electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions, more local renewable energy will increase tax revenue for our communities with no increase to municipal services and create additional jobs by employing local electricians, excavators, loggers, and more. To determine whether your land is suitable for solar, give us a call.
The Vermont Global Warming Solutions Act, passed in 2020, requires Vermont to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030. Meeting this target means cleaning up our power grid as we electrify our heating and transportation sectors. Clean solar energy reduces our dependance on expensive, price-volatile fossil fuels, while strengthening Vermont’s economy. To determine whether your land is suitable for solar, give us a call.
How a Solar Project Affects the Landscape
Solar projects make great neighbors because they have no moving parts, create no pollution, and basically just sit there for 25 years, except for our routine maintenance and mowing around the panels. Solar projects are often fenced with access only for authorized maintenance personnel. In some instances, there are opportunities for dual uses, such as livestock grazing, agriculture and pollinator habitat. At the end of the contract we decommission, dismantle and remove the system, returning the land to its original condition.
How We Decide If a Property is Suitable
We perform a site development analysis with a thorough evaluation involving the utility and state regulatory agencies to determine whether your commercial roof or land qualifies as a solar site … at no cost to you.
Land should have good solar orientation, be relatively level, free of ecologically sensitive areas, and access to 3-phase power. Sites need not be pristine; brownfields, landfills, gravel pits, quarries, parking lots, former industrial sites, and previously occupied properties are ideal and given preferential treatment for permitting by the State of Vermont.
Rooftops should have 5,000+ square feet with good sun exposure. Our rooftop solar arrays installed on a flat membrane roof are ballast mounted, meaning no penetrations through the roofing membrane. Using PanelClaw racking, the structure is designed to simply sit on top of the existing roof structure and is attached to the roof using weighted ballast blocks. All wiring is run via conduit along the side of the roof, resulting in a clean and unobtrusive installation.