Energy Study Working Group Tour of The Nature of Things School, Nashua, NH.
We saw an impressive array of alternative energy sources and building efficiency components. We learned a bit about costs as well.
Energy Study Working Group Tour
High Mowing School, Temple, NH
We learned about a semi-dry wood chip fired district heating system, and PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) whereby the installing company owns the energy plant and the school pays an annual fee for the energy until the project is fully depreciated, in this case over a twenty-year period.
Energy Study Working Group Tour of Mascenic School District schools
A thorough tour of a wood pellet district heating system that includes solar for domestic hot water. We also learned something about costs and public financing during this tour.
Energy Study Working Group Tour of Memorial Elementary School, Newton, NH
We learned about solar walls, air source heat pumps, energy recovery ventilation, and phase change materials.
Please excuse the short duration of this video - the recording device ran out of memory before the end of a long and fascinating day of touring school facilities. In a separate link you can see the engineering company’s extensive brochure on the technologies we learned about but didn’t manage to video at this site, and you can see video demonstrations of a couple of them as well.
Whether or not the Hollis schools energy project includes any of these components, the technologies are very interesting to learn about and are worth keeping an eye on for future developments.