On top of preparations for upcoming projects concerning solar energy in Derry, a potential supplier of solar energy systems made his case to assist the town during the Net Zero Task Force’s August 24 meeting.
Representing ReVision Energy, one of the largest solar energy providers in New England, Jack Ruderman, who is the Director of Community Solar Initiatives for ReVision, came before members of the task force to discuss the possibility of partnering with Derry in an effort to make the town more eco-friendly. This comes after the town recently released a Request For Proposal (RFP) seeking out companies for such projects.
According to Ruderman, ReVision has installed over 6,000 systems since 2003 across Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The company, which has over 170 employees, also specializes in working with electric vehicles and solar heat pumps. Ruderman noted that “[they] have really deep experience,” in reference to its North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners certified installers and litany of projects strewn across New England, which range from corporate, to government, to residential.
Of course, none of these projects come free, but on top of going over just how much money could be saved by working with ReVision, Ruderman also explained the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Essentially, the PPA would have ReVision install and maintain the equipment at no upfront cost to the town, while an independent finance partner would take any state and federal tax credits and ultimately sell the output of the equipment to the town. The town would have to sign on for a 20 year plan with an opportunity to buyout after seven years and a chance to renew for another decade after 10 years.
Whether or not the town decides to work with ReVision is yet to be seen, as the Town Council continues to mull over these possibilities in the coming months.
In other news, the task force discussed methods of reaching out to Derry residents on the topic of solar energy, including introducing a new pamphlet explaining state energy codes and working with solar energy providers to keep track of how many people are using solar energy and the performance statistics of these systems.
Members also went over a recent update to the task force’s page on the official Derry website, which now includes a link to the New Hampshire Saves website, where visitors can learn more about eco-friendly energy systems and how they can save money when they use these systems.