Sights set on solar

Partnership to increase use of renewable energy

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart City leaders join business partners on Wednesday to discuss the Nashua Solarize + Campaign. From left are Granite State Solar Project Coordinator Jaimie Harris, Turn Cycle Solutions proprietor Michael Turcotte, Mayor Jim Donchess, Hunter Kaminaris, city Waterways Manager Madeleine Mineau, city Community Development Director Sarah Marchant, city Environmental Technician Kerry Converse.

NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess hopes more property owners will follow the example of Chris and Stephanie Kaminaris, who installed solar panels on their home in October.

“He (Chris) always talks about saving for retirement, and this is one way to reduce our costs for retirement and to reduce our electricity bill. So far, we’re generating more than we’re using,” Stephanie Kaminaris said.

On a bright and sunny Wednesday, Donchess and other city officials met at the solar-powered home to launch the Nashua Solarize + Campaign. Representatives of two solar installation, efficiency and weatherization service providers, Granite State Solar and Turn Cycle Solutions, joined Nashua leaders to highlight the partnership for this campaign.

“This is the kind of thing we want to encourage. Therefore, we’ve partnered with our two organizations to provide lower than normal cost conversion to solar energy roofs, such as the Kaminaris have, or any other solar project,” Donchess said. “We’re trying to increase the use of renewable energy here in Nashua and in Hudson.”

This campaign allows Nashua residents to act as one group to obtain discounted pricing on residential or business solar energy installations, as well as energy efficiency improvements, by using their collective purchasing power.

Photo by Adam Urquhart City leaders hope more homeowners and businesses install solar panels, via the Nashua Solarize + Campaign.

City officials hope to promote and expand the number of property owners in Nashua going to solar power during the three months of the campaign, which runs through Aug. 31.

“The more people who sign up and join the campaign, and make these improvements at their home or business, the better the discounts get,” Nashua Waterways Manager Madeleine Mineau said. “Anyone who owns a home or business in Nashua or Hudson is eligible to participate in the campaign.”

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.