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ReVision Energy starts construction on New Hampshire’s first utility-owned solar project

Unitil Corporation, an interstate utility, is developing a 4.9-MW solar project in Kingston, New Hampshire, that is poised to be the first regulated utility-owned PV array in the state. The 11,232-panel, single-axis tracker solar project will be built on 36 acres of vacant land located off Towle Road. Unitil has selected Brentwood-based ReVision Energy as its engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the solar array.

“This is an exciting project that underscores Unitil’s commitment to using renewable energy sources to provide valuable economic benefits for our customers through the generation of stable, affordable, low-carbon energy,” said Alec O’Meara, external affairs director for Unitil. “The new array reflects Unitil’s long-term goals of addressing the region’s climate objectives in a way that’s cost-effective, sustainable and provides direct benefits to all customers. We look forward to partnering on this project with ReVision Energy, which brings with it 20 years of award-winning experience in the solar industry here in New England.”

The array will be constructed near an electrical substation and the electricity it produces will be delivered directly into Unitil’s electric distribution system, reducing the amount of energy it receives from the transmission system. The array, which is expected to be completed and brought online in 2025, is estimated to generate approximately 9.7 million kWh of energy in its first year of service and is expected to average 8.6 million kWh annually over its projected 40-year lifespan.

The Kingston project was approved by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission in May 2023 and has since received all required local, state and federal permits to clear the way for work to begin. Under New Hampshire law, utilities can invest in renewable generation of up to 6% of their total distribution peak load, which provides Unitil the opportunity to develop as much as 18 MW of renewable generation.

“With this array, Unitil will provide substantial savings for ratepayers, generate employment opportunities within the community, and significantly curb carbon emissions,” said Dan Weeks, VP of business development at ReVision Energy. “As their solar installation partner, we are honored to support them in their charge by powering a more sustainable and resilient future through the transformative technology of solar energy.”

Plans for the solar energy project in Kingston follow Unitil’s first solar array built in 2017 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The 1.3-MW facility, known as “Solarway,” is located on the site of 115 Sawyer Passway and is composed of more than 3,700 solar panels.

News item from Unitil Corporation

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