Belcourt of Newport

January 09, 2017

Belcourt of Newport is an historic Bellevue avenue mansion, built for Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont in 1891. The current owner of the castle committed to restoring the property in the most eco-conscious and sustainable way, by installing a solar array and geothermal heating and cooling system. The solar array is invisible from the ground, and was carefully attached to the 100+ year old roof structure with custom stainless steel and aluminum hardware. The 72-panel array was completed and turned online in June 2015. The solar array is expected to generate 20,300 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, providing a percentage of the mansion’s annual electricity consumption.  The system will offset the equivalent of 15.7 tons of carbon dioxide annually, and generate enough clean energy to power 1.5 homes each year.

System Owner:  Belcourt of Newport
Location:  Newport, RI
Project Type:  Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
System Size:  18.7 kW DC
System Type:  Rooftop - membrane
Incentives:  RI Renewable Energy Fund (REF) Cash Grant, Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) + MACRS
Annual Savings:  $3,600
Lifetime Savings:  $90,000

An historic Bellevue Avenue mansion outfitted with a 20 kW solar array and geothermal

The system was meticulously engineered to integrate with the 100+ year old historic building

Custom stainless hardware was used to attach the solar array to the historic roof structure

The 20 kW solar array generates enough electricity annually to power the geothermal system

An underground tunnel was used to route conduits to their final destination

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