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A New School for Students with Disabilities Will Benefit from Solar Energy

The school with the solar arrays on the roofs, installed by Revision Energy of Brentwood, NH. Photo: Revision Energy.

The school with the solar arrays on the roofs, installed by Revision Energy of Brentwood, NH. Photo: Revision Energy.

With the installation of a rooftop solar array this month, a regional high school and vocational center under construction in Rochester has reached another milestone. The Monarch School of New England broke ground on the new school last summer. Monarch currently operates two campuses in Rochester, New Hampshire. The new school will replace a leased Gonic location and is expected to open in the summer of 2017. A gala event and grand opening will be held on September 7, 2017.

The day school serves students with significant physical, medical, developmental, behavioral and emotional disabilities. The new facility will allow the school to enhance its career and technical education for young adults by providing the necessary equipment and space to educate and train students for a wide variety of work options in the agriculture, hospitality, technology and service sectors.

ReVision Energy installed the 47.4-kilowatt solar array. The solar energy company owns the system through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which allows the school to benefit from lower electric costs with no upfront installation cost. The PPA also includes a future option for the school to purchase the array at a significant discount.

The construction of the school is being funded by community support, a generous pool of corporate donors and a loan from the Bank of New Hampshire. An ongoing capital campaign seeks to raise $1.3M. Interested donors may contribute at: monarchschoolne.org.

Jewett Construction serves as the general contractor on the project, which was designed by DeStefano Architects. The 11,860 square foot facility will house a large, multipurpose room, a computer lab, a woodworking shop area, art and music room, a greenhouse, a kitchen for preparing student lunches and numerous classrooms and administrative offices. The exterior will include cementitious siding, an asphalt shingle roof and multiple cupolas. Plans also include a half-court basketball court for students.

The new facility is located at 13 Monarch Way in Rochester, NH.

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