Monadnock Food Co-op is the host of the first locally owned Community Supported Solar project in New Hampshire. Community Supported Solar is locally developed, funded, owned and controlled, whereas most community solar projects are owned and controlled by developers or utilities.
The 43.5 kW photovoltaic project, was installed by the Keene-based design and installation firm Solar Source, and covers our entire available roof area with solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity. Based on the actual production of the Brattleboro Food Co-op’s PV system, the predicted annual power output of this system is 50,000 kWh per year.
Monadnock Sustainability Network (MSN) managed the two year initiative in collaboration with Antioch University New England (AUNE), a dedicated steering committee of local citizens, and the Co-op’s General Manager, Finance Officer and Sustainability Coordinator. The project will at first be owned by Cypress Community Solar, LLC, a company created specifically to allow a group of local investors to fund it, then sell clean, locally harvested electricity to our Co-op. We, in turn, intend to buy the project outright within the next ten years.
Monadnock Food Co-op pioneered this community supported solar project with Monadnock Sustainabilty Network so others can follow—MSN has developed a model that can be used by others to pursue a locally owned, clean, renewable energy system on their school, CSA, church or other site in their community. If you are interested in hosting a project at your organization, contact John Kondos at MSN or join the network and download their how-to guide—NH Community Supported Solar Guide—on your own at www.greenmonadnock.org.