Nashua leading the way

A decade ago, solar power was considered the wave of the future, with many touting it as a way to move away from fossil fuels and clean up the environment.

For Nashua – and New Hampshire – the future is here.

Solar arrays, once an expensive investment few could afford, are now much cheaper, more reliable and certainly attainable by the masses.

In Nashua, several solar projects have been completed, including one at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter.

Others are following suit, even everyday citizens.

“I just think that everybody needs to do their part, and this is just a little piece, but if everybody does a little bit then it adds up,” said Kathy Abel, of Nashua, while crew members from Granite State Solar were working on her roof Thursday morning.

“I’m 68-years-old, and I thought, ‘do I really want to do this at my age?’ but then when I thought about all the advantages and the advantages to my kids and my grandkids and just the planet in general, it’s worth it to me,” Abel added.

Aside from the environmental benefits, there are financial benefits as well for the consumer, as unused electricity goes back into the power grid for others to use.

Through Nashua Solarize + Campaign, we as a community and state are becoming more self sufficient, leading the way and setting an example for other states – and the nation as a whole – to follow.

“I’m really, really happy with the city of Nashua that they initiated this program and started it,” Abel said. “I think it’s great, it’s really innovative, and I wish that more cities in New Hampshire would take this initiative and do it.”

We agree, and hope others join in on making the Granite State even greater.