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New solar array in place at Effingham Elementary

September 10, 2020
EFFINGHAM — The Effingham and Ossipee elementary schools will operate with solar power as soon as Eversource comes on site to swap the meters. The project, the first of its kind for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District (GWRSD), will reduce the cost of electricity for years to come by means of a solar power purchase agreement (SPPA) with Barrington Power.

Voters authorized the 25 year lease arrangement for electric generation on an approximately 197 feet feet by 148 feet piece of land located south east of Effingham Elementar

School for the purposes of installing, maintianing and operating the electric project. The agreement allows the district to benefit from reduced electric rates; the company bears the cost of construction.

Engineer Jack Bingham says it was thought that the piece of property was an old excavated sand pit, but testing revealed that was not so. They encountered rock and ledge, so were not able to ram posts into the ground. Instead, says Bingham, they "managed to igure out how to pour concrete pads quickly."

In year six, the district will have the option to purchase the array at a significant discount to maximize long-term savings over its 40 year life span.

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