New Hampshire Solar Electric
Despite its location, New Hampshire gathers enough sun each year to justify installing solar power. The state receive about 10% of its power from renewable sources. That percentage will increase as utilities in the state add more renewable energy sources into their statewide energy mix to comply with renewable portfolio standards (RPS). These standards require utilities in the state to source 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. As such, New Hampshire and its utilities offer some discounts and incentives to encourage residents and businesses to install solar panels and other renewable energy in their homes and buildings.
How Much Power Can Solar Bring To New Hampshire
New Hampshire’s southern region gets just shy of 4.5 kilowatt-hours of sun per square meter per day, while its northwestern gets nearly 4 kWh of sun per square meter per day. It’s far less than some other states like Arizona, but still enough to warrant a solar installation.
Solar systems in New Hampshire should be sized to compensate for the lower levels of sunlight. The DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) stated that New Hampshire also has the potential for other types of renewable energy generation, including wind, wood and biomass. While 10 percent of New Hampshire’s electric needs come from renewables, the majority still comes from a nuclear generator and two large natural gas-fired power plants, which collectively provide about 75 percent of the state’s energy needs. EIA stated that overall electric use in the state is relatively low because there’s little need for air conditioning in the state’s cool summers and most buildings still use fuel oil for heating their homes in the winter.
Property Tax Exemptions In New Hampshire
New Hampshire allows municipalities to exempt renewable energy installations from local property taxes. Among these are PV, solar thermal, wind and central wood-fired heating systems. In the past, the property tax exemption has excluded the value of the solar energy system from being included in the total value of the property when it comes to taxation at the state level.
According to New Hampshire state records, 84 cities and towns have adopted at least one renewable energy property tax exemption. The exemptions are made based on data received from towns through its “annual municipal land use regulation database survey.” If people live in a city or town that offers such an exemption, people can qualify for the exemption by completing the Department of Revenue Administration’s Form PA-29.
The State of New Hampshire has said interested parties should consult with local officials to find out about the status of local tax exemptions, it warns that some officials may not be aware that the municipality offers such exemptions as the law was enacted more than 30 years ago.
The state also offers help to those seeking to enact such an exemption through its procedures for adopting local property tax exemptions and sample warrant articles.