City of Lebanon Has Leased Its First Electric Car

The City of Lebanon has leased its first electric vehicle. It is a Nissan Leaf Plus, shown here with Department of Public Works Director Jim Donison, and has a range of 226 miles on a charge. This car will never need an oil change, air filter change, or spark plug swap. Look for it zipping silently around town.

 

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Lebanon Celebrates Seven New Municipal Solar Installations!

Mayor Tim McNamara and Assistant Mayor Clifton Below wield the ceremonial scissors at the ribbon cutting on March 2, 2020, celebrating the installation of seven new municipal solar installations in Lebanon.

Thanks to Kimberly Quirk of Revision Energy for use of this photo.

Lebanon to Get Super-Fast Electric Car Charging Stations

News from Lebanon Energy

On February 24, Lebanon signed a contract with Electrify America to install an ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The proposed site will be on Taylor Street, across from CCBA, pending all of the site logistics working out. The station will have four individual chargers with the fastest technology now available, up to 350 kW. This will fully charge capable cars within 20-30 minutes.

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Celebrate Lebanon’s Seven-Site Municipal Solar Installations

Lebanon will celebrate its seven-site, 777 kW (DC) municipal solar project on Monday, March 2nd with a ribbon cutting.  The event is at noon at the Kilton Library, 80 Main Street, West Lebanon. Public officials will describe the project in light of the City’s broader goals of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction.

Speakers will include Lebanon Mayor Tim McNamara, State Rep. Susan Almy, Greg Ames – Solar Committee Chair, and Assistant Mayor Clifton Below who is also chair of the Energy Advisory Committee.  Poverty Lane Orchards cider and snacks will be provided.  This is a waste-free event and people are encouraged to bring their own cup or mug.

For more information contact Tad Montgomery at: (603) 442-6140 or Tad.Montgomery@LebanonNH.gov or go to: lebanonnh.gov/energy

“By investing in local renewable energy production, the City of Lebanon will reduce its reliance on foreign fuel sources, improve air quality for residents, stabilize the price and supply of energy for its many robust businesses, and reflect strong regional leadership.”   Lebanon Master Plan for Energy

 

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Highlights From Lebanon’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2019

 

Highlights from Greenhouse Gas Inventory report prepared by Cassidy Yates, UNH Sustainability Fellow, August 2019

  • 10,938 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent were emitted by Lebanon municipal operations in 2018. A forest half the size of Lebanon is needed to sequester it.
  • The 2018 municipal emissions were a 33% reduction from those of 2015; overall reduction was largely due to improvements in the landfill gas collection system.
  • Landfill gas emissions account for 66% of the total 2018 emissions.
  • Municipal fleet vehicle emissions increased by 10% between 2015 and 2018.

These highlights indicate the importance of the City’s plan to convert landfill gas emissions to electrical power and to install solar panels on municipal buildings. Lebanon’s municipal buildings would thereby have locally-generated power and light. Converting the City’s fleet of municipal vehicles and equipment to highly-efficient electric vehicles could then take advantage of that locally-generated electricity.

Lebanon Municipal Solar System Goes Live!

Lebanon Department of Public Works

Lebanon Police Station

Lebanon Solid Waste Office and Garage

Exciting news! In keeping with Lebanon’s Energy Master Plan, Phase 1 of the City’s solar project is now complete and actively generating clean electricity for our city. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held soon at the Kilton Public Library with our energy partner and system installer – Revision Energy. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, feel free to view the performance of our seven different arrays online at LebanonNH.gov/Solar

Kilton Library Solarized


Because of the height and slope of the roofs, a bird’s eye view is neccessary to see the new solar panels on the Kilton Library in West Lebanon. Here is the plan which has now been completed. Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee (LEAC) members and staff who have been involved include assistant Mayor Clifton Below, City Manager Shaun Mulholland, LEAC Solar Subcommittee Chair Greg Ames, LEAC members Jon Chaffee and Woody Rothe, DPW staff Jim Donison and Jay Cairelli, consult Wayne Leonard, and Energy & Facilities Manager Tad Montgomery.  Thanks to all for all your work to solarize Lebanon!

 

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Lebanon’s Solarized Police Station

Shining in the sun –  check out the newly-installed solar panels on the Lebanon Police station!

This is one of 7 municipal buildings where solar panels are being installed.  (City Hall will be the 8th and will be done after renovations to the building are completed.) The solarization of the 8 municipal buildings will produce over 900,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in the first year, or about 23% of the City’s total electricity usage. It is estimated that it will reduce the municipality’s greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 1.1 million pounds a year!

“By investing in local renewable energy production, the City of Lebanon will reduce its reliance on foreign fuel sources, improve air quality for residents, stabilize the price and supply of energy for its many robust businesses, and reflect strong regional leadership.”  – Lebanon Master Plan for Energy

 

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New Solar Panels on DPW Administration Building and Garage

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DPW Administration

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DPW Garage

It is encouraging to see the City of Lebanon continuing to address the Master Plan for Energy by increasing our capacity for renewable energy. Look at all those solar panels! Bravo to all involved in making Lebanon a more sustainable city.

 

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Lebanon Middle School Renewable Energy

The Lebanon Middle School was designed as a High Performance School under the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools Protocol. When the school was first built, solar panels were installed to provide hot water through the summer months.

Additional solar panels have been added to help meet the school’s electrical needs.

(Other features of LMS’ green design include a rainwater collection system for the school’s low-flow toilets, zoned fluorescent indoor lighting on sensors, and timed LED exterior lighting that adjusts based on lighting conditions.)

Lebanon’s solarizing projects were creatively financed by guaranteed savings in utility and energy costs to offset the lease cost of the project. Savings will be realized by installation of water saving devices, building envelope improvements, and LED lighting and occupancy sensors in all five District buildings.

 

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