Experimental program will heat Claremont buildings with hot water
“We think it’s a great opportunity. We know it will work. We want to see how much energy we save,” city manager Guy Santagate said Thursday. “I’m delighted it’s become a reality.”
The opportunity was made possible by a slight change to state law made by legislators recently and signed into law on Tuesday by Gov. Maggie Hassan that makes room for private firms to compete with utility companies, he said.
This would provide the heating system to the Claremont Opera House building where city hall, the police station and the district court are located, as well as the fire station building and the city-owned Farwell Block building next door to the Opera House.
“If the system works the way we believe, there will be huge energy savings,” he said.
HotZero is footing the bill for the infrastructure, he said.
Santagate said he expects the new system to save 20 percent or more in heating costs.