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KSC is the Third Largest Producer of Solar Power Under PSNH

June 10, 2013
l-r: Rob Therrien, president of the Melanson Company, Pierre LeBlanc, president of Engleberth Construction, and Dr. Jay Kahn, KSC interim president.
l-r: Rob Therrien, president of the Melanson Company, Pierre LeBlanc, president of Engleberth Construction, and Dr. Jay Kahn, KSC interim president.

Technology, Design and Safety Center Closer to LEED Platinum Certification

Keene State College’s Technology, Design and Safety Center (TDS Center), which opened in October of 2012, is now the third largest producer of solar energy on the Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) system. The top producer of solar power is Manchester International Airport and the second is Favorite Foods in Somersworth. There are currently 719 customers throughout the PSNH service area that are generating all or a portion of their electricity via the sun. The new solar array, which became functional in May, is projected to produce 15 percent of the building’s power needs. This milestone brings the TDS Center closer to LEED Platinum certification for its energy efficiency.

“Activating the new solar array panel is a milestone that we have long been anticipating. This demonstrates again that the TDS Center is both a model for effective teaching and an outstanding example of our commitment to sustainability,” said Keene State College Interim President, Jay Kahn. “The building houses state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, which in sum use a great deal of energy. These solar panels will significantly reduce our dependence on traditional electricity sources. It’s a win-win.”

The contractor for the TDS Center project, including the solar array, is Engleberth Construction. The roofing and solar array contractor is the Melanson Company.