Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Franklin Pierce University Celebrates Solar Panels

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Posted: 04/22/2022 09:23:58

Modified: 04/22/2022 09:22:42

Franklin Pierce University celebrated the latest effort to help the institution reduce its carbon footprint with a groundbreaking ceremony on April 21 to celebrate the installation of solar panels on the country house roof.

The project was led by the university’s Institute for Climate Action on the Rindge campus and is linked to sustainability goals as set out in the university’s strategic plan, Pierce@60.

“This event is a great opportunity to celebrate a significant achievement, our biggest project yet to reduce our carbon footprint, but also to refocus our efforts on continuous progress,” said Rhine Singleton, Professor of Biology and Science at the environment. “In order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, we – the world’s human population – must reduce our consumption of fossil fuels by 50% by the end of the decade, and continue to reduce beyond that. That is why projects like this are so exciting and encouraging.

Working with Facilities Director Doug Lear, the Institute for Climate Action used data from a recently completed energy audit to inform discussions about possible solar panel locations on campus. In mid-2020, the university entered into a partnership agreement with Revision Energy which saw the installation of all 490 solar panels begin.

Over the past year, the university has worked to finalize approvals from Eversource Energy and the project’s investors. Since then, the 162-kilowatt solar panel has helped reduce the university’s energy consumption and adds to other efforts already underway to improve energy efficiency, including upgrading to LED lighting on the whole campus.

“As we celebrate Earth Week, it’s fitting that we celebrate Franklin Pierce’s biggest project yet, which is helping the university reduce its carbon footprint,” said Catherine Paden, provost and vice – President of Academic Affairs. “I would like to thank Dan Weeks and Revision Energy for their partnership on this project. I also want to thank members of the FPU community – Doug Lear and facility staff, the Institute for Climate Action and FPU students – who made this possible.

Weeks, vice president of business development at Revision Engergy, joined Paden and Singleton at the ribbon cutting; Lear; and Ken Clarke of the university’s College of Business.

In addition to the signs, an electric vehicle charging station has been installed outside the College of Business, providing free vehicle charging to faculty, staff, students and visitors.

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