New high school in Dover will be built to take solar panels in the future
DOVER - The new high school will be built to handle the weight of roof-mounted solar panels though the panels will not be part of the initial construction.
“The committee has decided to increase the steel tonnage in the remaining roof area to support photovoltaics on the entire roof,” said Deputy Mayor Bob Carrier, who chairs the building committee for the school. “… The committee is confident that this will be a wise investment in the infrastructure and that we’ll have significant return in years to come,” he told Fosters Daily Democrat.
Groundbreaking on the $87.4 million project is expected in late June. The addition of about $70,000 for the reinforced beams required to handle the solar panels remains within the budget.
“This is one of those instances where we’re looking at up-front costs versus long-term returns,” said Councilor Jason Gagnon, who also sits on the