Anonymous $500,000 Gift Funds 179kW Solar System for Alice Peck Day Lifecare
Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Alice Peck Day (APD) Lifecare has installed a 179kW rooftop solar system at The Woodlands independent living community in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
“We’re overjoyed by what this generous donor has made possible. This solar array will contribute to our electricity usage with power from the sun for years into the future,” said Cindy Jerome, executive director of APD Lifecare, the parent organization for The Woodlands. “We expect to save about $25,000 a year on our electricity costs and our residents really enjoy knowing we are using renewable energy. It just feels great to be green; that’s a real passion for many of our residents. The Woodlands is home to people who care about the environment and who make good things happen. Our anonymous donor feels the same way. As a tree-hugger myself, I’m delighted that Woodlands residents led the way in this important project,” she added.
The grid-tied system was installed by ReVision Energy, an employee-owned, certified B Corp with locations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
“Although our region is known as northern New England, it’s worth noting that we are actually at the same latitude as sunny places like the French Riviera,” said Phil Coupe, co-founder of ReVision Energy. “In fact, a solar array in Lebanon, New Hampshire, will generate roughly the same amount of electricity each year as an array in Houston, Texas. This means that APD Lifecare will derive a strong economic and environmental return on its solar investment by reducing utility costs and eliminating 110 tons of carbon pollution each year,” he added.
Kimberley Quirk, Branch Manager for the Enfield office of ReVision Energy knows many of the residents of Woodlands and helped with the design of the solar array and provided information and question-and-answer sessions during the installation. “It was exciting to work on this project from early conception almost a year ago to final installation and commissioning. The Woodlands residents had great questions and good feedback along the way. They really appreciate this sustainable gift of locally generated electricity.”
The solar array at The Woodlands:
- Consists of 511 photovoltaic panels with a maximum output of 350 watts per panel. They come with a 25-year warranty and an expected useful lifespan of 40-plus years.
- Is expected to generate more than 205,000 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity per year for the next 40-plus years while offsetting more than 220,000 pounds of carbon pollution from regional fossil fuel power plants each year. This is equivalent to eliminating the carbon pollution from burning 159,700 pounds of coal or 14,200 gallons of gasoline each year for the next four decades.
- Will offset the equivalent of 360,000 miles driven in a combustion engine car. This is the same amount of CO2 sequestered each year in 189 acres of our northern forest.
- Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) has been a non-profit, community-based health care organization since 1932. They joined the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system in 2016. APD also includes APD Lifecare, a non-profit senior living community with two facilities that support more than 150 residents in assisted and independent living. Visit AlicePeckDay.org and APDLifecare.org for more information.