Solar Power is Helping Hand
Manchester’s largest solar power system was installed last week on the rooftop of the Hand Motors building on Main Street. Four hundred new solar panels were added to Hand’s existing solar system, for a total rated capacity of 147,000 DC watts. The solar panels are projected to produce more than 155,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. Through the Green Mountain Power net metering program, the system will generate enough power to cover the entire cost of Hand Motors’ yearly electrical consumption.
“From a strictly business perspective, our investment in solar power gives us an excellent rate of return,” said Jim Hand. “It’s a bonus for us that Hand Motors is helping to support our community’s electrical grid by generating electricity from the sun.”
One of the automobile models in Hand Motors’ new car inventory is the Chevy Volt, an American-made electric vehicle. Hand’s Chevy Volt will be charged by the solar system on their rooftop, becoming the town’s first solar powered car.
The Hand Motors solar power system was designed and installed by Solar Pro of Arlington and Dee’s Electric of Manchester.