SOLAR POWER TAKES OFF AT LEBANON’S GRANITE AIR CENTER
Granite Air Center, Inc. has partnered with Norwich Solar Technologies of White River Junction, Vermont, to install a 218.1-kilowatt DC, Net-Metered Photovoltaic (PV) System on the main hangar rooftop at their facility, and is the largest solar array in the City of Lebanon to date. Completed in early May 2018, the solar array will provide Granite Air long-term energy cost reduction and stability through the integration of clean, renewable solar electricity.
Granite Air Center is Lebanon Airport’s Fixed Base Operator (FBO). The FBO provides refueling, repair, maintenance, short and long-term hangar storage, and other services to general aviation and commercial aircraft.
Jason Archambeault, Co-Owner/COO of Granite Air Center said the solar PV project is important to them for a number of reasons. “We love the idea that we can offset a large part of our carbon footprint through solar,” said Archambeault. “We believe following socially responsible business practices is just the right thing to do. And using a local solar company to do the work also supports local jobs.”
“As solar power continues to prove its economic and environmental value, airports in the U.S. are an obvious choice for PV installations. The scale of airport solar projects continues to grow because there is considerable untapped energy potential at the nation’s roughly 13,000 airports and airfields,” said Bob Lewis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Norwich Solar Technologies.
Greg Soho, Granite Air Center Co-owner/CFO added that he came to the realization after a presentation on the project with Norwich Solar. “The decision to move forward with the project was pretty easy, in addition to the environmental benefits of producing renewable solar energy, we are able to stabilize our long-term electricity costs.” With a federal investment tax credit of 30% and a New Hampshire rebate, more than half of the system cost will be offset by incentives, not including the generous accelerated depreciation allowed for renewable energy projects. Soho added, “with the incentives available to us this is a very viable project.”