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Nov 4, 2016 1:01 PM

Seacoast homeless shelter to save thousands of dollars with new solar panels

PORTSMOUTH — After years of fundraising, a Seacoast homeless shelter will soon be powered by the sun.

A solar electric array will be installed at Cross Roads House in Portsmouth starting on November 10. The transition to solar power will save the shelter thousands of dollars per year, according to Events Marketing Specialist Christina Zlotnick.

The project is the result of an effort created by ReVision Energy’s, a local solar professional, Chris Pamboukes and his cycling partner Josh Andrews. The pair launched the Pedal for Power campaign in 2014, intent on turning a bicycle journey into an opportunity to give back to the community and to create a lasting impact along the Seacoast.

They eventually raised $12,000 in addition to the donated funds for the solar project.

ReVision Energy will provide needed materials at cost and will install the 18.15-kilowatt rooftop array by utilizing employees who volunteer.

The array is expected to generate approximately 23,400 kilowatt hours of solar electricity each year. The conversion to solar power is expected to save Cross Roads House approximately $3,700 in annual electricity costs over the next 30 years, and an additional $700 each year from the sale of renewable energy credits, which represent the environmental attributes of power produced by renewable energy projects.

Cross Roads House opened in 1982 and is the largest emergency and transitional shelter in New Hampshire, serving eastern New Hampshire and southern Maine.

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