By Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

ISLES OF SHOALS, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s Star Island in the Isles of Shoals is throwing a centennial party, but it’s not settling for just birthday cake.

The festivities will include the unveiling its new solar array - said to be the largest off-grid solar array in New England.

The nonprofit Star Island Corporation - which has owned the 43-acre island since 1915 - is inviting the public and dignitaries to the unveiling on June 27 and other activities. The Isle of Shoals Steamship Company will have a boat to Star Island departing from its Portsmouth pier at 10:30 a.m. on June 27.

Festivities include the cutting of a birthday cake at 12:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. ribbon cutting and dedication of the solar array, followed by a tour highlighting the island’s history and sustainability efforts. A boat at 3:30 p.m. will ferry guests back to Portsmouth.

The solar array has 420 panels and was paid for and built by a private contractor, a Star Island spokesman said.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to experience all Star has to offer,” said CEO Joe Watts. ” The past, present and future will be on display: from our amazing historical roots to our achievement in creating a model of sustainability for New Hampshire. “

Star Island is one of the nine Isles of Shoals - located off the coastline of New Hampshire and Maine. It was named for its points stretching in many directions.

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