Energy Efficiency at Cardigan Mountain School
[Canaan, New Hampshire, August 2021] —
Norwich Solar’s on site array project made the list of top 75 things that make Cardigan Mountain School so special. This year they celebrate their 75th anniversary and we are happy have contributed to the success of this educational institution in New Hampshire.
The following is an excerpt from the most recent Cardigan Chronicle
“Early conservation initiatives at Cardigan included forestry and land management in the 1950s and 1960s, energy conservation in the 1970s and 1980s, and recycling and waste reduction in the 1990s and 2000s. The physical plant offers further evidence of the School ’s ongoing commitment: the solar powered scoreboard, the wind turbine, the communal garden, and the campus water dispensers that reduce the School ’s dependence on single-use plastics. In 2015, Cardigan redoubled its commitment to conservation. First, the School transitioned to energy-efficient LED fixtures for all outdoor lighting as well as in Turner Arena and Marrion Gymnasium. Recent new construction and renovation projects have also prioritized efficient lighting and heating systems; beyond conserving energy, they provide detailed consumption information, allowing us to better understand and control usage. And, since it opened in December 2016, the 648kW (AC) solar array (located up the hill near the bike trails) has produced 4.4 GWh of energy, or roughly 1 GWh/year, accounting for around two-thirds of our annual electricity needs on our main campus. Students and visitors can view a real-time dashboard of our solar generation in Bronfman Hall. ”
Happy 75th birthday to Cardigan Mountain School!