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Hanover to power municipal electricity through new 8-acre solar array

By: - October 15, 2021 3:47 pm
Solar panels under a partly cloudy sky

The array is made up of 4,560 solar panels. (Courtesy of ReVision Energy)

Hanover debuted a new solar array on Thursday that will produce enough energy to power almost all of the municipality’s electrical needs.

The array, which is on 8 acres, is made up of 4,560 solar panels that will generate 2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. That makes it the largest municipal solar farm in the state, according to ReVision Energy, the solar company that installed it.

This array will help Hanover meet its goal of switching to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. The town is also trying to incentivize residents to install solar panels on their own, through a program called Solarize, in hopes of reaching their goal. By the end of 2020, 193 households had gone solar; by the end of 2021, the program is aiming to reach 250.

Manufacturing solar panels does create some emissions, and it takes around three years of using the system for it to become carbon neutral. But the carbon footprint of a solar panel is still about 20 times less than coal-powered electricity. Some academics have pushed back on the term “clean” energy because it glosses over the extractive industry and mining that’s used to supply necessary minerals.

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Amanda Gokee
Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.