In 2016, Dublin School has entered into an agreement with New Energy Equity, LLC to build and operate a 434 kW (DC) ground-mounted solar photovoltaic array on approximately two acres of the lower Dublin School campus. The solar array is comprised of approximately 1,296 solar modules. The system is expected to produce 515,000 kWh of electricity per year, which when designed was equivalent to the total current electrical needs of the school.
The project is one of two major projects in the State of NH to receive a significant grant from the State of New Hampshire to reduce energy costs in 2016. The $175,000 grant, coupled with the overall efficiency of the project, will reduce energy costs to the school by approximately 30% in the first year, with additional savings to the extent that commercial electrical energy costs increase in the future.
As a part of the project, Dublin is significantly upgrading its overall electrical infrastructure on campus including providing three phase power for the first time. Due to its efficiency, this will further reduce energy costs and allow use of more efficient electrical equipment on campus.