The Grappone Conference Center Goes Solar2016-06-22
The Grappone Conference Center has officially gone solar, making it the largest business in Concord, New Hampshire to go solar and is now the greenest conference center in Northern New England. Steve Duprey, owner and operator of the Grappone Conference Center officially flipped the switch allowing the conference center to tap into the utility grid. He was joined with Taylor Caswell, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, whose organization funded the project.
“We believe as a business its our responsibility to continue to go “green” and become more and more environmentally friendly,” said Steve Duprey, owner, operator of the Grappone Conference Center. “At the same time we are controlling our energy costs and generating our own clean electricity onsite.”
“The Grappone Center serves as an essential driver of economic development in the Greater Concord area – generating jobs and attracting thousands of visitors to the region each year,” stated Taylor Caswell, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority. “As opposed to paying for electricity generated by expensive fossil fuels from out of state, the Grappone Center will now produce much of its electricity from a free, local source, and as a result will be able to generate an even greater economic benefit for Concord’s economy."
About the Solar Energy System
It has been designed, developed, and built in partnership with REDA. It has been engineered for 40+ years of operation. Solar arrays at Grappone Conference Center will offset about 2,280 tons of CO2 emissions during the first 25 years of operations. Each year, the solar electricity produced at the Grappone Conference Center is enough to power approximately 23 homes.
Each year, the solar electricity produced at the Grappone Conference Center is enough to drive a Nissan Leaf (or pick your favorite EV!), about 400,000 miles on sunlight.
The Conference Center also offers Field of Greens from Parking Lot to Table
Courtyard Marriott & Grappone Conference Center is the first hotel in North America to grow all its own organic salad greens on premises. The “Farm” is 40 ft. in length by 8ft wide and 12 ft. tall and is made of a recycled, insulated freight container and developed by Freight Farm, a Boston-based start-up. The Conference Center grows its own greens such as: lettuce, kale, spinach, arugula, basil, oregano and sprouts. The container is equipped with LED lighting and technology which automatically waters and feeds the plants.
About CDFA’s Clean Energy Fund
CDFA’s Clean Energy Fund provides technical and financial resources for economically-justified projects that increase efficiency and reduce costs in the generation and utilization of energy. Financing products are available for businesses, non-profits and municipalities. Eligible technologies include audited energy efficiency work and renewable energy projects including biomass, thermal and solar panels. For more information visit http://www.nhcdfa.org/energy.