(27) 28 North Street

“The nonprofit covers the energy bill for its residents, who are of low and moderate incomes — meaning it can invest more in providing affordable housing and services.”

Joshua Meehan representing Keene Housing Association

What motivated you to install solar?
Long-term reduction in energy costs and reduced carbon footprint.

How many panels do you have, and if you know, how much energy are you producing, percentage of your electric usage?
302 solar panels on the North and Gilsum Street Apartments. The 98-kilowatt array eliminates approximately 55 metric tons of carbon emissions each year.

Keene Housing Association has installed a total of 1,208 panels on three multi-family housing units which generate 463,000 kWh. We consume around 3.2 mW.

What has been the biggest benefit so far? What are you excited about?
Significant decrease in energy use intensity and modest decrease in cost. Most excited for cost savings when we purchase arrays after year 5.

What were the obstacles to installing solar and what did you do to overcome them?
Cost and expertise. Entered into solar PPA with ReVision solar.

What advice do you have for people considering installing solar?
Understand the payback calculation, including costs for roof replacement and other ancillary capital investments.

Path to 100%

The Keene Housing Association owns or manages more than 550 units in Keene and Swanzey. The nonprofit is working toward a goal of transitioning entirely to renewable energy by 2035. Learn more about the Keene Housing Association…