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Solar Energy to Save Claremont Taxpayers Nearly $1M


Claremont, NH — A public ribbon cutting and tour are scheduled on July 24 to showcase a solar array recently installed near the wastewater treatment plant in Claremont.

The project is a key feature of the city’s multi-year plan to cuts costs and reduce environmental impacts. Last year, the Claremont City Council approved funding for the solar array, which has no impact on the city’s tax rate and is forecast to save taxpayers more than $800,000.

“Claremont has, and will remain, committed to cost-effective, alternative energy resources that lower costs both financially and to the environment,” said Claremont City Manager Ryan McNutt.

For its first municipal lighting conversion project, Claremont was named a Leader for Energy Efficiency at the 2006 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit. Earlier this year, the city was honored with the 2018 Energy Week Municipal Energy Champion Award. The awards reflect the results of a comprehensive strategy to increase energy efficiency and decrease environmental impacts. Highlights include:

  • Municipal energy audit
  • Solar array at wastewater treatment plant
  • Mixed-use zoning changes
  • Numerous lighting upgrades
  • Water conservation and efficiency measures
  • Installation of pellet boilers
  • Composting all leaves
  • Composting wastewater sludge into farm fertilizer
  • Heating public works garage with used motor oil

Claremont’s wastewater treatment plant is the city’s largest electricity user. “Water and wastewater treatment facilities are typically the largest electricity users in a given municipality, therefore providing the largest opportunity for savings,” according to ReVision Energy Branch Manager and Employee-Owner James Hasselbeck. “These plants often have underutilized roof or land available for solar generation with existing electrical equipment that typically can support large-scale solar electric systems without costly upgrades.”

Incorporating solar energy demonstrates the municipality’s commitment to sustainability while reducing its reliance on fossil fuels. The array lowers peak demand at the wastewater treatment plant and protects against electricity price spikes by locking in energy prices over the 40-year lifespan of the system.

The 151.2-kilowatt array consists of 432 solar panels installed across three rows on land adjacent to the plant. If each panel were laid end-to-end lengthwise, the array would span the length of eight football fields. The system will generate approximately 190,522 kilowatt hours per year and offset more than 200,000 pounds of carbon pollution each year, which is equivalent to the emissions from 100,000 pounds of coal or 10,000 gallons of gas.

Security company: Claremont safe for kids

By Bill chaisson

(reprinted with permission from The Eagle Times June 22, 2018 edition)

CLAREMONT—The home security company Safewise does an annual nation-wide survey of American communities to evaluate their “safety scores.” They recently published their third annual roundup of “The 50 Safest Cities to Raise a Child in 2018” and Claremont is #9 on the list. Wisconsin has more safe cities for free-range children than any other state—32 percent of the top 50 cities hail from the Badger State. New Jersey has ten cities on the list, which is 20 percent of the top 50. New Hampshire pulls ahead when you look at the top 30 safest states—the Granite State has six cities in the top 30, compared to New Jersey’s four. The top 50 safest cities come from just ten states. That’s only 20 percent of the country. Aside from two in Utah and Wyoming, all the rest are in the upper Midwest, the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. Safewise does not break down their algorithm — which they say includes eight factors — for calculating safety, but they do break out a walkability score and note the number of violent crimes in a community (as per 1,000 residents). The safest community in the country is Easton, Maryland. According to Safewise, “Maryland has been at the center of the free-range parenting conversation, so it’s no surprise that our safest city to raise free-range children is in the Old Line State.” Easton as an overall safety score of 89.45 (presumably out of 100), a walkability score of 83, and a violent crime rate of 2.51 per 1,000 residents (the national average is 3.98 per 1,000).

Keene is second on the list with an overall score of 88.49, walkability of 94, and a violent crime rate of 2.32 per 1,000. Milford is #8 with an overal score of 86.24, walkability of 81, and a violent crime rate that is vanishingly small at 0.71 per 1,000.

Here is Safewise's description of Claremont: “Situated on the banks of the Sugar and Connecticut Rivers, Claremont is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. There are plenty of hiking trails and parks for free-range children to explore—but we urge parents to keep water safety front and center with such easy access to the town’s flowing rivers.” Our overall score is the same as Milford's, and while the city is regarded as being more walkable (94) than Milford, but at 2.32 per 1,000, its violent crime rate is higher than Milford's identical to Keene's and lower than that of Easton.

 

MUNICIPAL ENERGY CHAMPIONS

New Hampshire Energy Week began on March 12 and on the evening of the 15 the City of Claremont was recognized for all the innovative energy efficiency projects that it has undertaken in the past few years.

New Hampshire Energy Week is a series of events geared toward education and awareness of the economic benefits and impacts a clean energy future will continue to provide for the Granite State. The 2018 NH Energy Week is hosted by The Nature Conservancy, NH Clean Tech Council, NH CDFA, Businesses for Social Responsibility, Environmental Defense Fund, Ceres, CRES Forum, NH Brewers Association, and NH Municipal Association.

Former New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte presented three awards for Municipal, Business, and Legislative Energy Champions. The City of Claremont won the Municipal Energy Champion Award for such projects as, 2005 municipal light conversion, 2010 City energy audit and resulting upgrades in municipal buildings, 2013 City Center zoning changes allowing mixed use, 2017 LED conversions in garage and municipal lights, and the 2018 Solar project at water treatment plant.

Claremont City Planner Michael McCrory attended the event. “I had the pleasure of receiving the Municipal Energy Champion Award on behalf of the City of Claremont. Our fellow nominees had some great energy achievements,” McCrory said. “I announced, when receiving the award, that the award was being received in honor of Kurt Beek, someone who worked so hard on energy projects over the years and whom we lost unexpectedly late last year,” McCrory added.

The winners in the other categories were: Business: Worthen Industries and Legislative: Rep. Herb Richardson

The trophy presented to the city was designed by artist Vivian Beer.
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BIG GROWTH FOR CLAREMONT

Claremont, New Hampshire is flourishing. Economic Development is occurring in every corner of the city. Four major projects are under way, expanding Claremont's manufacturing sector, making room for growth at key Claremont employers, and continuing the expansion of the River Road industrial area.

CANAM BRIDGES, a division of the CANAM Group, bought a lot next door to their existing 250,000 square foot facility, to accommodate the company’s growing demand. CANAM has secured major bridge contracts in recent months, including the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, and is adding employees fast.

NORTH COUNTRY SMOKEHOUSE has secured the rights to 3 parcels in the Syd Clarke Industrial Park for their expansion. A long-time Claremont company, North Country was purchased by Les Spécialités Prodal, a Canadian firm who made the decision to expand the operation in Claremont. North Country has secured planning and zoning approvals for a 67,000 square foot office and food production facility.

NEW HAMPSHIRE INDUSTRIES, purchased a 130,000 square foot facility in Claremont last year. NHI is moving their headquarters to Claremont, bringing over 70 jobs with them and paving the way for future expansions. Company president John Seavers says “New Hampshire Industries is the premier global manufacturer of rugged mechanical power transfer products including Idler & Drive Pulleys, Blade Adaptors, Timing Pulleys, Machined Components & Custom Assemblies. The NHI team consists of approximately 70 employees and we hope to grow this number significantly in the coming years.”

JEWELL TRUCKING bought and developed a parcel in the Syd Clarke Industrial Park, constructing a 14,000 square foot office and trucking depot to accommodate their company’s growth.

CLAREMONT MAKERSPACE MOVES FORWARD

Recent sale of Sawtooth mill to TwinState MakerSpaces, Inc. brings walls to active maker program in Claremont.

CLAREMONT, NH - Constructed in 1900’s, the Sawtooth mill at 44 & 46 Main Street was once the Sullivan Machine Foundry. The foundry was one of many buildings in the downtown that composed Sullivan Machinery Co.  According to the Historic American Engineering Record of the National Park Service (HAER No. NH-4) “As the largest industrial employer in the city…it would be difficult to walk around Tremont Square in Claremont and not talk with a man who worked at the Sullivan plant…As an employer of mostly skilled machinists, Sullivan had always been a good place to work.”

That this Sullivan Machine building will soon house a vehicle for enhancing entrepreneurship, job development, community development, science and the arts is a legacy not lost on either the city or MakerSpace founders Jeremy Katz and Steve Goldsmith. According to Jeremy Katz, “with the ability to access by membership CNC machines, 3-D printers, electrical studio, wood shop, as well as textile and jewelry studios and equipment, production will once again occur at the Sawtooth  Mill.” Steve Goldsmith continues “the Maker Movement is enhancing STEM and arts education, providing a vehicle for younger generations to learn the skills to create new products and designs.” 

Even without a building the Claremont MakerSpace team has been building community via an array of educational events this past year. These included 3-D printing classes, CNC sewing, web development, entrepreneurship, bicycle maintenance, Arduino microcontrollers, as well as activities at the American Precision Museum’s model engineering show and STEM fest at Newport Middle School. These events have drawn over 300 participants this year alone.

“We are in the process of doing the full facility designs with Studio Nexus architects and gearing up for construction. We are ready to move forward with renovation of this historic mill and being an active participant in economic development in the community,” stated Mr. Katz.

City Manager Guy Santagate reiterated the importance of this project to the city. “Opportunities for people to learn and network, and attracting more people to the community is a win for Claremont. We welcome the Claremont MakerSpace and thank Jeremy and Steve for choosing Claremont as home base for this creative hub for the Upper Valley.” 

Crown point hosts the young african leaders initiative 

This article is published here courtesy of Crown Point Cabinetry : 

Crown Point recently hosted a group of Fellows through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Dartmouth College.  The group of 25 entrepreneurs from all over the African continent toured the cabinet shop to learn more about our business practices as a family-owned company in its 38th year.

Many of the Fellows come from a start up/small company background and were interested in learning about how the Stowell family grew the business from a one-room garage to a 100,000 square foot facility.

To continue reading and to see pictures of the visit, please click here. 


Planning and Development department produces "made in Claremont"

The Planning and Development Department at the City produced a short video, titled "Made in Claremont," as part of a larger effort to highlight the growth in the manufacturing sector in the City. Take a look below!