Municipal Solar and Microgrids:
A PV Market Outlook
Whether driven by the desire to be more
disaster-proof or just to save money,
municipalities are turning to the promise
solar PV and microgrids all over the world.
Solar array at the town of
Peterborough, New Hampshire
wastewater treatment facility.
Credit: Renewable Energy World.
JENNIFER RUNYON, Chief Editor
Small cities and towns are prime off takers for solar power
and solar developers are hoping to delve further into that market in 2016.
Solar Because It is Green and a Good Deal
Located in the northeast of the U.S., Peterborough, New Hamp-
shire took on the title of “The Greenest Town in New Hamp-
shire” in late 2015 after it turned on a 1-MW solar array that
will power its townhouse, fre station and library through a
group net-metering arrangement. Borrego Solar developed
the project and served as the engineering, procurement and
Peterborough purchases the solar energy through a
PPA at a rate of US $0.08 per
kilowatt-hour, less than what
it pays for power from Ever-source, the local utility. A $1.2
million grant from the public
utilities commission helped
fund the project in addition to
a grant from the USDA Rural
Business Development fund
that covered the cost of flling