345.6-Kilowatt solar array next to Inter Lakes High School track. Photo Credit: Revision Energy
A series of renewable energy projects have transformed the Inter-Lakes School District (ILSD) into one of the most energy-diverse and energy efficient school districts in NH. One of the major improvements is a 345.6-kilowatt, ground-mounted solar electric array with 960 solar panels at Inter-Lakes High School.
A decade ago, the school district’s facilities and energy infrastructure needed improvements, all to better manage energy costs. The district worked with Honeywell, which assisted in charting a decade-long effort to overhaul its energy infrastructure. The school district divided its energy and facilities goals into two phases.
Over the years the project included installation of wood pellet boiler systems, a solar array, a solar hot water system and replacement of all windows and lights.
in Brentwood installed the array, which generates 100 percent of the high school’s electricity and is located near an athletic field at Inter-Lakes High School. The array was commissioned in October and is expected to produce approximately 401.6 megawatt hours of electricity per year.
The solar power generated by the array is equivalent to offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions of 422 barrels of oil or 39 passenger vehicles each year. The power generated by the array is equivalent to offsetting the electricity use of more than 40 homes.
Inter-Lakes School District was recognized in June by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) as a 2016 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency for its efforts to foster the economy and to protect the environment via its commitment to energy efficiency.