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Nick Golon Featured in New Hampshire Business Review’s Ask the Experts: Solar Energy

New Hampshire Business Review’s May 24th issue features a solar energy spotlight, with input from Nick Golon, PE. Read Nick’s insights below.

(Ask the Experts) What to Know When Investing in Solar Energy

Businesses seeking to stabilize the expense of their energy use can look at options for decreasing their needs and find alternative energy solutions. Investments in solar energy can help reduce reliance on a variable energy market and carbon emissions.

Our panel discusses what solar project options are out there, and how to take advantage of available incentives for energy system upgrades and solar power.

Our Expert: Nicholas Golon, PE, Civil Department Manager and Principal, TFMoran

Q: What is a “utility-scale” solar facility, and how is it different from a rooftop solar array?
Although the exact definition may vary depending on who you ask, the nature of the answer is typically the same: it is a large-scale solar generator, 1 megawatt (MW) or greater, that connects directly into the power grid, supplying a utility with energy.
Typically, there is a power purchase agreement between a developer and the local utility, guaranteeing a market for the developer for a fixed term of time, but we are also now seeing utility-owned, utility-scale solar projects, driven in part by utility providers’ ongoing efforts to support renewable energy initiatives.

Q: What are the greatest challenges facing “utility-scale” solar facilities in New Hampshire?
Location, location, locations. In that, the scale these facilities require is approximately 6 to 8 acres of usable land to accommodate 1 MW of generation (including solar equipment, panels, access and stormwater management).
Finding a site of this size, and in appropriate proximity to existing utility infrastructure, is a challenge. One par with finding a site that meets these basic criteria are the challenges derived by local land-use restrictions, as many municipalities did not contemplate the use of such facilities in the provisions of their zoning and site plan regulations.
Perceived environmental and wildlife impacts associated with land clearing and site preparation operations is also a challenge in the siting of these facilities, although these impacts may be offset with appropriate considerations of stormwater management best practices, inclusion of appropriate buffers to sensitive receptors, and use of wildlife-friendly fencing to accommodate wildlife activity.

Q: What future technologies/innovations do we have to look forward to with “utility-scale” solar?
Although the advancements in energy storage will be a prolific contributor to the advancement of solar science, we can also look in a different direction for innovation, as sometimes the best ideas are found in the most unlikely combination of two competing uses.
In this case, agrivoltaics, or dual-use solar and agriculture, is the use of land for both agriculture and solar energy generation. One of the acknowledged drawbacks for solar is the conflict it presents with agricultural production, as they share the commonality of preferred land conditions that are flat and provide abundant sun.
The co-location of such uses would provide benefits to both industries. Such facilities do exist in New England, such as the 4.2 MW Rockport Maces Pond Agrivoltaic project, a dual-use community solar project on a blueberry farm in Rockport, Maine, as well as the ongoing efforts of the University of Massachusetts Amherst through their research team.
The team has been collaborating with private solar developers and host farmers to implement agrivoltaic operations at sites around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Much like to co-location of different land uses in a mixed-use land development project, it will be very interesting to see if this symbiotic practice of co-locating solar and agriculture can be successful.

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Jones Joins TFMoran

TFMoran is pleased to welcome Allyson Jones as a project engineer in our Bedford Office. Jones’s recent experience includes working for a local Massachusetts firm, with a focus on transportation engineering for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She graduated from Merrimack College in 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. At TFMoran, Jones will assist the Stormwater Management department with daily tasks including SWPPP preparation and inspections, water quality monitoring, and flocculation treatment systems.

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TFMoran Sponsors City of Manchester Employees Golf Tournament

TFMoran sponsored the City of Manchester‘s Annual Employee Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the Derryfield Country Club. This year marks the 48th annual tournament, proceeds benefit city employees such as those who educate our children, patrol our streets, fight our fires, plow our snow, provide our water, and create the clean and safe environment that makes Manchester such a desirable city to live and work in.
TFMoran was a gold lunch sponsor for the event.

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TFMoran Receives 2024 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

The Structural Engineers of New Hampshire (SENH) recently held their 2024 Excellence In Structural Engineering Awards event on May 16th!

Entries were judged on creativity, complexity, innovation, ingenuity, and suitability of the structural design for each of three categories; Building Structures, Bridge & Transportation Structures, and Special Structures.

TFMoran was honored to receive the award in the Building Structures category for the Highrock Church renovation in Arlington, MA.

TFMoran Structural Engineers provided structural design to repurpose a former industrial building into a worship and community center for Highrock Church. Located in Arlington, Mass., The existing building (c. 1900) originally built for manufacturing purposes, was most recently used for auto repair and parts warehousing. The project includes 19,700sf of worship and support spaces. Historic facades at the rear of the building were preserved while replacing the roof structure and retrofitting foundations for a more functional, open worship space. Repairs were also made to the existing concrete structure. A new lobby addition provides accessibility and connection to an adjacent church property.

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Supporting NHBCA in the Art of Healing

The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts (NHBCA) is collaborating with NH Hospital to commission an artist to design a mural for their staff breakroom. TFMoran and other local businesses are contributing to help bring “The Art of Healing” to NH Hospital.

The NHBCA has collected donations to create a serene scene that provides hospital staff with an aesthetically pleasing, respite-inspired space. The artwork will promote self-care and well-being for their community of caregivers and support staff who dedicate their lives to the care of some of New Hampshire’s most vulnerable populations.

The NHBCA is looking to do our part (in a modest way) to address the mental health crisis that affects individuals, families, communities and the workplace. These frontline workers are dedicated to serving our fellow citizens and we believe they need to be recognized for the value they bring to not only this segment of the population but to all who live and work in New Hampshire. The arts naturally promote a more humane society and are an essential tool for creating a greater sense of wellbeing for all, whether it is through direct participation in or appreciation of arts and culture.

NH Business Commitee for the Arts

The mural design is inspired by input from the NHH staff who utilize the breakroom. The goal of the project is to imbue the room with a sense of relaxation, rejuvenation, and refreshment.

We envision our New Hampshire Hospital staff breakroom to be a pleasant place where employees gather to share a coffee, have a chat and unwind from the daily stresses of their workload.

Gisela Catano-Mahoney, Nurse Specialist, MEd, RN-BC

Other businesses supporting the project include Northeast Delta Dental, Orr & Reno, Dartmouth Health, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, and Baker, Newman, Noyes.


The finished mural was unveiled on Monday, April 29, 2024.

Artist Karen Munday Lincoln designed and painted the piece with input from the New Hampshire Hospital staff who utilize the break room. The final product is a serene river scene in a mountain landscape.

TFMoran COO Dylan Cruess attended the unveiling.

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TFMoran Sponsors Salem Youth Baseball

TFMoran is proudly sponsoring Salem Youth Baseball for the 2024 season! Opening day was celebrated on Saturday, April 13th. Team TFMoran, Inc. “The Wolves” started their season strong!

Above, Coach Tom Burns’ son shows off the team uniform.

Salem Youth Baseball is the greater Salem community’s source for recreational organized baseball and strives to foster an enjoyable and active program for their families. They provide fundamental baseball education in a positive atmosphere, where the main goals are learning the game and having fun!

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Mier Joins TFMoran

TFMoran is pleased to welcome Dalaney Mier as an Environmental Permitting Specialist in our Portsmouth office. Mier graduated from Oregon State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Minors in Agricultural Sciences and Biology. Mier also has her GIS and Geospatial Analysis Certificates. She previously served as a Reclamation Specialist in Rawlins, Wyoming where she conducted environmental and compliance monitoring, assessed sites, and collected and analyzed data. With her experience and background, Dalaney will be a great asset to TFMoran’s Environmental Permitting team.

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Solar Eclipse Watch Party!

TFM employees took a quick break on Monday, April 8, to view the solar eclipse! We enjoyed a few snacks and the company of our neighbors from Wellbridge Physical Therapy!

We used viewing glasses and even a paper plate to view the sun as it was covered (partially) by the moon.

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TFMoran Sponsors Friends of Aine Annual Gala

TFMoran was a “courage sponsor” of the 8th annual Friends of Aine Gala on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

Friends of Aine is a local non-profit organization that supports grieving families and children. The funds raised by the gala will support grieving families and children across the state, impacting hundreds of lives each day, helping them navigate their grief and find a little comfort and hope as they begin the hardest journey of their lives.

Events like this help to support Friends of Aine’s mission to provide free grief support services to families that need them.

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TFMoran Sponsors the SEE Science Center’s Champagne Putt!

The SEE Science Center, located in the millyard district of Manchester, New Hampshire, hosted its 23rd Annual Fred Kfoury Jr Memorial Champagne Putt on March 4, 2024. The mini-golf tournament featured 18 science-themed holes. Participants enjoyed a fun-filled evening with plenty of food, beverages, contests, and raffles, all for a great cause to benefit the programs of the SEE Science Center.

Tee-FM’s fantastic foursome of Jonathan Devine, Jen Porter, Julia Chartier, and Marty Gavin (pictured above left to right) came in 17th out of 20 teams. But all hope was not lost – team Tee-FM won “Best Dressed” sporting their bathrobes and matching sunglasses.

Thanks to the SEE Science Center and presenter Bellwether Community Credit Union for putting on a great event!