Think Outside the Bulb: Modeling Solar Potential in Keene, New Hampshire

Authors: Gwendolyn Thayer*, , Christopher Klem*,
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Sustainability Science, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: Solar, Residential Homes, Renewable Energy, Rooftop Solar, Sustainability
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The City of Keene has resolved to transition to 100% renewable energy by the year 2030. The purpose of this study is to provide a baseline assessment of the viability of this ambitious goal. In collaboration with the Keene Energy and Climate Committee, this research analyzes residential solar potential throughout Keene. Critical solar variables of rooftop pitch and orientation, as well as shadows are determined for every residential property in the City. These variables were input into Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a computer-mapping program that reveals which areas in Keene have the highest residential solar potential. Our methodology also includes SPSS statistical analysis to test survey results of 137 Keene State students regarding their knowledge of solar and renewable energy. Results from the GIS analysis and survey research support promising potential for a future in renewable energy for the City of Keene.

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