MANCHESTER — In order to advance clean energy in New Hampshire and to provide the benefits of solar to low- and moderate-income customers in its Electric Assistance Program (EAP), Eversource filed a proposal on May 31, 2019 with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NH PUC) for the Clean Innovation Community Solar Program. This pilot program will support up to 20 total MW of new solar generation through multiple projects and provide savings to thousands of EAP customers through bill credits.
“Our Clean Innovation Community Solar Program is an exciting step forward to responsibly advance competitively priced clean energy in New Hampshire,” said Eversource NH President Bill Quinlan. “This pilot program will bring new solar generation to several communities across the state while also providing bill credits to thousands of lower-income customers – allowing more Granite Staters to share in the benefits.”
Following an order in the net metering docket at the NH PUC, the Clean Innovation Community Solar Program will create a competitive process for municipalities, solar developers and other third parties to propose new solar projects of up to five MW. An independent evaluator will then select multiple winning proposals – primarily based on the benefits that the project shares with Eversource EAP customers – for up to 20 total MW of new solar generation in New Hampshire.
“The Clean Innovation Community Solar Program is a comprehensive plan to provide solar solutions to low-income customers that will help their households and their families achieve greater financial stability,” said Donnalee Lozeau, Executive Director of Southern New Hampshire Services. “We applaud Eversource for their efforts to expand access to the benefits of clean energy, and we look forward to the benefits that many low-income families will receive through this pilot.”
The pilot program will provide bill credits to participating EAP customers for 10 years once the new solar generation facilities are operating, and it is expected to deliver several million dollars in savings to those customers over that time. In addition, Eversource will further engage participating customers with workshops to advise them on opportunities to reduce their energy costs through energy efficiency and conservation solutions. If approved, winning proposals are projected to be selected by early 2020 with construction estimated to begin in the spring of 2020.
For information on Eversource’s EAP program, click here