More than 70 people attended two days of hands-on solar energy workshops April 14 and 15 at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF) headquarters in Concord. The workshops were sponsored by the Governor's Office of Energy and Community Services, SPNHF, and the Environmental Committee of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and presented by Solar Works, Inc. The first workshop was designed for architects, builders, developers, and electricians; the second day for educators, state and local officials, and environmental organizations. Solar industry experts, including manufacturers, architects, trade groups, and system designers, demonstrated how solar electric and domestic hot water systems can reduce energy bills and lower greenhouse gas emissions. In photo, Richard Michaud (standing, left) of the Boston Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Energy, addresses workshop attendees.
NEW HAMPSHIRE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE INSTALLS SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEM
On Nov. 12, 1998, a solar electric (photovoltaic) system was installed on the roof of the New Hampshire Technical Institute's (NHTI) administration building in Concord with funding from the Governor's Office of Energy and Community Services (ECS) Renewable Energy Technology Grants Program.
The photovoltaic system was designed by NHTI students under the direction of Professor Tom Hopper. The students also are developing a project exhibit and monitoring system.
75 NHTI students, faculty and staff attended the installation ceremony as well as ECS executive director Deborah Schachter, Technical Institute president William Simonton, and Don Latourette from the Air Resources Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. The 2 kilowatt system is expected to produce 2,800 kilowatt hours of electricity a year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 86,000 pounds over its 30-year life. Carbon dioxide is the main cause of global warming.
Shown in the left portion of the photograph are solar electric vehicles built by NHTI students and driven by them in the Tour de Sol electric car race held annually in the Northeast.
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