Peppercorn Natural Foods on Main Street in Plymouth has made the jump to solar energy. Recently the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) installed a 7.2kW Solar PV system on the roof using (24) USA made Solar World panels. Currently less than 1% of electricity comes from Solar Energy. The system at Peppercorn will produce over 8000kWH of clean energy every year contributing to the rapidly increasing amount of solar energy supplying the electric grid.
“We are delighted that Peppercorn is planning for their energy future by installing a solar PV array. They were limited by the size of their south facing roof so the solar system will generate approximately 20% of their annual electricity usage. Solar PV was a good choice for Peppercorn due to the store’s refrigeration. Businesses that have high daytime electricity usage are positioned well to benefit from stronger cost savings on the NH Electric Cooperative’s net-metering program” said Sandra Jones, Co-Director and founder of PAREI.
Cindy Williams, Owner of Peppercorn Natural Foods said, ““I am really excited to be able to utilize the natural sunlight as a resource and reduce the store’s carbon footprint on the Earth.” Peppercorn will be able to show their customers exactly how much they are reducing their carbon footprint thanks to the on-line monitoring page provided by Solar Edge – the inverter manufacturer used in their solar system.
“It was wonderful to work with Cindy to make this project happen,” said Adam Hoyng the Solar Program Assistant at PAREI. “Solar PV is something everyone should consider for their home or business. There are utility, state and federal incentives that make installing solar PV affordable and you can always scale it to the size that works best for your budget. Over the last two years installing systems similar to the size of Peppercorn’s has gone down from $4.00 a watt to $3.15 a watt. It’s a great time to install.”