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UVM Medical Center’s New Solar Array

George Harvey

UVM Medical Center on Holly Court in Williston, Vermont, has a new solar array on the facility’s roof. It has an impressive peak capacity of 198 kilowatts. An aerial photograph taken from directly above it shows clearly the striking fact that very nearly all of the roof was used for the array.

The UVM Medical Center’s system was developed by Encore Renewable Energy, which also did the engineering, procurement, and construction of the project. Acting in that capacity, Encore took care of all permitting and many of the other details. Importantly, Encore brought Sunwealth, one of its strategic partners, into the project as the long-term project financer and owner.

Sunwealth is a renewable energy investment firm utilizing investor capital to develop a diverse portfolio of commercial solar projects in all communities. Their goal is to provide energy savings to building owners, jobs for local installers, and market-rate returns to their investors. Sunwealth will own the project through its projected lifetime of 25 years, taking responsibility for its operation and maintenance.

Even though the UVM Medical Center is not paying for the array and does not have to attend to the details of ownership, it benefits quite a lot from allowing the solar system to be installed on the roof of its building. That medical center roof, which would otherwise have gone unused, will host a system to produce $142,000 in energy savings over the life of the project.

The array started producing power in December 2018, with development still progressing. Encore Renewable Energy announced that the array was fully commissioned on February 14, 2019.

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