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Let’s Get Serious About Electric Lawnmowers

Mean Green Mower at Dartmouth College. Photo: Steve Wisbaum, Eco Equipment Supply

George Harvey

If you mow your lawn, or even if you hire someone, you probably don’t think of a gas-powered mower as your best friend. But let’s face it, it’s a task that most of us spend a lot of time and money on to keep our yards mown all spring and summer. But the noise, vibration, and fumes of a small internal combustion machine are not among the great attractions of yard work. With most gas-powered engines, exhaust emissions are much worse than those of a car. And then there is the time and cost for maintenance and trips to the gas station.

Fortunately, there is a better way. It eliminates a lot of noise and all the fumes of an internal combustion engine. It reduces maintenance and operating costs, and can reduce the operator’s carbon footprint by over 95%. For some people, it can turn mowing a lawn from a chore into something enjoyable. Neighbors appreciate the relative quiet. And in a best case, it turns maintaining a perfect lawn into something you don’t even have to think about. That better way is, of course, an electric lawn mower (e-mower).

As it turns out, more and more people and institutions are making the switch to e-mowers. In Charlotte, Vermont, The Ten Stones Village Association replaced a 21 hp diesel zero-turn mower to maintain its six acres with a Mean Green CRX-52, avoiding 125 hours of diesel racket each year. Zero-turn electric lawn mowers have also recently been purchased by the Burlington Electric and Parks and Rec Departments, the NW Region of the Vermont Department of Parks, and Dartmouth College.

Mean Green electric mower used by Green Bee Lawn & Garden. Courtesy photo

Lawn care customers usually prefer e-mowers when they are available, because of reduced noise and pollution. In response, some lawn care businesses are now offering electric mowing services. There are at least four e-mowing services in Vermont, and a few in New Hampshire and Maine. One example is Green Bee Lawn & Garden, in Chester, Vermont. Taking the transition away from oil and gas as part of its business plan, not only are the mowers electric but so is just about everything else. That includes the blowers, the chain saws, and even the truck will be in the near future. Even the electricity that powers all this is green, as it comes from the owner’s own 9.72kW solar array. Need we add that lawn products are organic? Green Bee Lawn & Garden can be contacted at 802-289-1968. Their Facebook page is http://bit.ly/Green-Bee-on-FB.

Chris Cook of Top Notch Property Maintenance uses Mean Green electric mowers. These mowers save him $3000 a year in fuel. Chris also commented on how electric mowers are a great timesaver, as they require less maintenance.

It happens that as the season for lawn care is just starting, there is some good news about electric lawn mowers for anyone who might want to buy one. First off, walk-behind electric mowers for homeowners are comparable in price to traditional models, and given reductions in operating costs, they can be less expensive over their lifetimes. And second, there are incentives and rebates available for those who want to switch to electric. A number of municipalities offer them. Also, a number of local electric utilities provide incentives for them. If you want to find the incentives for the area where you live, the best thing to do is to contact both your municipal government and your local utility to see what they offer.

Robowmow® robotic mower keeps 2 country acres pristinely mowed all by itself. Photo courtesy of Green-E-Mowers.

For example, in Vermont there are sixteen utilities that offer incentives for e-mowers:

Green Mountain Power offers $50 for residential mowers and $700 for commercial mowers. (Call 802-342-3808 or email Emily.eckert@greenmountainpower.com)

The Burlington Electric Department offers $100 for residential mowers and $3,500 for commercial mowers. (Contact Mike Kanarick at mkanarick@burlingtonelectric.com)

The Vermont Electric Co-op also has a $100 incentive for residential mowers and $1,000 for commercial mowers. (Contact Lisa Morris at 802-635-4222 or lmorris@vermontelectric.coop.)

The Washington Electric Co-op also has a residential incentive of $100 and $1,000 for commercial mowers.

The Vermont Public Power Supply Association offers $25 for residential e-mowers and more for commercial. (Contact Julia Leopold jleopold@vppsa.com)

All together, these Vermont utilities offer e-mower incentives to 95% of the state’s residents.

The news on e-mowers keeps getting better. Some time ago, Green Energy Times started looking into robotic mowers. These impressive little machines never have any desire to play hooky or go to the zoo, all they want to do is keep the grass down. And since they work every chance they get, they keep a lawn that is about as close to perfect as you can get. Our latest article on these machines was “Get a Robotic Mower and Take Back Your Time,” which appeared in May, 2019 (http://bit.ly/it-mows-you-dont).

Our publisher, N.R. Mallery, was so impressed by robotic mowers that she purchased two Robomow® brand mowers herself. She was so impressed by her Robomow® that she decided to sell them and make sure they were available locally. You can learn all about it by calling her at 802-439-6675.

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Public Event Series Focuses on Climate Resilience and Soil Health

Events Open to All Who Want to Build a More Livable, Resilient Region & Planet

What is good for the soil is good for our communities. That’s the theory behind a six-event discussion series, Climate and Community Resilience: Lessons from the Soil. The events will be held on six dates from late March through mid-May. Details are available at vitalcommunities.org/soil.

Attendees will collaborate with presenters and facilitators to explore information about the land and inhabitants of the Upper Valley at different periods throughout time—the past, present and future. Ideas about soil health and how to take action in a time of climate, ecological, social and economic transformation will be shared. This six-event series will unpack the science of whole systems landscape function, explore how land and society change together and offer practical ways to engage with the landscape for community resilience and social justice.

“Our soil, and the web of life within our soils, keeps our landscapes whole, letting life thrive,” said Cat Buxton, co-founder of Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. “If humans can mimic this brilliance, we may be able to build upon the social mycelium that holds our communities together.”

Due to the unfolding public health concerns regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Climate and Community Resilience series will be modified to a webinar format using Zoom until such time as it becomes safe to gather in public again. All of the events are free, open to all and offer childcare for any events able to be held in person. Registration is encouraged at https://bit.ly/38ktks6.

  • Sunday, March 22, 3:30 to 6 p.m.: Earth’s Cycles: Foundations of Energy and Matter
  • Sunday, April 5, 3:30 to 6 p.m.: Historical Landscape: Learning from the Past
  • Monday, April 13, 5:30-8 p.m.: Here and Now: Human Impacts
  • Sunday, April 26, 3:30 to 6 p.m.: Systems Collapse: Climate and Ecological Crisis
  • Monday, May 4 5:30 to 8 p.m.: Revolutionary Resilience: Creating a Different Future
  • Sunday, May 17, 2 to 6 p.m.: Fertile Ground: Reclaiming Power and Possibility. This culminating event will bring us together at Sunrise Farm to reflect on the power of natural systems and community collaboration. It is the hope that this event can be held in person.

The Climate and Community Resilience: Lessons from the Soil event series is a collaboration of Vital Communities, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, Hanover Co-op Food Stores, Upper Valley Food Co-op, BALE, XRVT and Grow More Waste Less. More information is available at vitalcommunities.org/soil.

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Fighting Climate Change with Trees in Bennington, VT

Wikimedia Commons/Todd Hatch (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Evan Lawrence

As nature-based solutions to address climate change gain more and more attention, Climate Advocates Bennington 350VT has set itself the goal of planting at least 1,000 trees in and around the southwestern Vermont town this year.

“The plan was inspired by a report last July that found planting 2 billion trees could prevent the worst effects of climate change,” said Climate Advocates member Naomi Miller. Reforestation groups have proposed planting 2 billion trees world-wide. Spurred by massive fires in the Brazilian rain forest and Australia, the World Economic Forum in Davos in January set a new goal of 1 trillion trees (1t.org), or 128 trees for every person on Earth.

How many trees go in the ground around Bennington this year will depend on how much money the group raises, Miller said. The first planting of six trees will be a ceremonial Earth Day kick-off at 2pm on Sunday April 19th at the Shaftsbury homestead of Jonas Galusha, the fifth governor of Vermont.

Other sites will probably be planted in the fall. A privately owned farm in North Bennington has committed one or two acres, Miller said. The site is being reviewed for how many trees it can support, but Miller said it could take “maybe 500.” Volunteers will plant “a carefully chosen mix of hard and softwoods,” guided by the succession of how the tree species sequester carbon, she said. Softwoods grow and fix carbon faster but have relatively short lives. Hardwoods grow more slowly but live longer and take up much more carbon over their lifetimes.

The Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington has expressed interest in being a site and is discussing details with the group, Miller said. They’ve heard from other landowners who are eager to participate.

Climate Advocates is working with the Bennington County Conservation District and the Vermont State Lands forester to determine which trees will grow best where, Miller said. The seedling trees will come from a local nursery, so that carbon emissions from transportation are minimized.

The project is not only about reforestation but also about building community and community resilience, Miller said. “You need no tree planting experience to volunteer,” she said.

To raise funds, Climate Advocates; Bennington College; Queer Connect Inc., a local LGBTQ advocacy group; and Vermont Arts Exchange planned to sponsor a concert by folk singer and activist Holly Near on March 21 at Bennington College. Proceeds after expenses were to support the tree planting project, but the concert was canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus epidemic. Organizers hope to reschedule for some time next year.

For more information and to offer support, visit www.climateadvocatesbennington.org, Climate Advocates Bennington 350VT on Facebook, or contact project coordinator Barbara True-Weber at (802) 681-7236 or trueweber@gmail.com.

Evan Lawrence is a free-lance writer in Cambridge, NY specializing in sustainability, environmental, and health topics.

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Green Up Day Celebrates 50 Years of Success – and More to Come!

Always the first Saturday in May, Green Up Vermont rallies thousands of volunteers across the state of Vermont to get outside and clean up roadsides and waterways. It is a statewide spring-cleaning of our beautiful environment. Green Up Vermont produces Green Up Day by providing 66,000 bright green trash bags that designate this civic day-of-service. Contests and promotions are also run in the months leading up to the Saturday event to remind people how important it is to take care of our environment and to participate on Green Up Day.

School activity of Greening Up in Chester, VT. Courtesy photo.

Vermont is believed to have the oldest statewide yearly clean-up event in the country. This year, Green Up Day is on Saturday, May 2, 2020 and will be Green Up’s 50th anniversary. Over the years, Vermonters have picked up thousands of tons of trash and saved taxpayers millions of dollars that would have otherwise been spent on clean-up crews. It is an activity that all residents, businesses, and visitors can participate in as well as benefit from. This year, Green Up will be adding new ways to get involved including having a Green Up Scuba Team in Lake Champlain and by introducing the Swedish activity of plogging (picking up litter while jogging) to Vermont. There is also a Vermont app to track teams, coverage, and events.

Clean-up efforts in Springfield, VT. Photo by Caitlin Christiana.

Building on the success that the Green Up Vermont brand has developed, the future of Green Up is strong. “We will be implementing additional educational programs to keep our youth engaged by instilling a reinvigorated sense of pride in not littering and taking care of our state. We will also be getting out into the community to raise awareness about the various good environmental practices people can do year-round to really make an impact,” stated Kate Alberghini, Executive Director of Green Up Vermont. She continued, “With a hyper-focus on climate change, Vermonters have really been grassroots leaders for environmental health. With 50 years of committed effort and more to come, I believe continuing to shift the mindset of our youth to make further environmental impacts is imperative and achievable.”

Green Up Vermont is a private non-profit 501(c)(3), whose mission is to raise public awareness about a litter-free environment, culminating with a statewide clean up event called Green Up Day. Green Up Vermont relies on the generous support of businesses, grants, and individuals to fund the organization. Individuals can choose to donate to Green Up Vermont on line 23, Charitable Tax Contribution, on the Vermont State income tax return or donate online. To learn how to stay involved and connected with Green Up Vermont go to www.greenupvermont.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Mark your calendars for the 50th Green Up Day, on Saturday, May 2nd.

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Celebrating Earth Day

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” From a Pogo cartoon that appeared on the first Earth Day.

George Harvey

The first Earth Day happened on April 22, 1970. It was originally viewed as a teach-in about environmental issues that would happen across college campuses in the United States. But it was quickly more than that.

To understand the history of the event, it is important to take its context into account. This was not an issue of Right versus Left or Republican versus Democrat. It was an issue that appealed to people of all values and persuasions.

In those days, there was little control on pollution. Effluents of all sorts were simply dumped into rivers and streams. It was not uncommon to see soap suds from laundromat wastewater floating on a river, but what was out of sight was worse. Industrial waste was often dumped into waters that only decades earlier had been the source of fish people ate. And the result was that practically nothing was alive in much of our water. Air pollution was just as bad.

Senator Gaylord Nelson. Photo: Fritz Albert

The idea of a day devoted to issues of clean air and water was being floated by several people. Leaders in congress and in states looked into ways to protect the environment and human health and life. Among them was a long-time conservationist and United States Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson who first floated the idea of Earth Day in 1969. To organize the day’s events on college campuses, he hired a law student, Denis Hayes.

When Richard Nixon gave the State of the Union Address in January of 1970, he devoted about a third of the speech to environmental issues. One thing he said was this:

Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions. It has become a common cause of all the people of this country. It is a cause of particular concern to young Americans, because they more than we will reap the grim consequences of our failure to act on programs which are needed now if we are to prevent disaster later.

Planting a tree on the first Earth Day. White House photo office.

The first Earth Day came less than four months later, on April 22, 1970. It was originally conceived as a teach-in event for schools. With Hayes’ organization skills it was observed at about two thousand colleges and universities, and possibly ten thousand other schools, in this country.

Earth Day was not exclusively tied to schools, however. In fact, Richard and Pat Nixon celebrated the first Earth Day by planting a tree on the White House lawn. While the Nixons’ yard work was reported by media, however, it was very much overshadowed in the news by large demonstrations pressing for action to protect the environment. In New York, Mayor Lindsay closed down Fifth Avenue. There were other large events in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

The work on both sides of the aisle in congress to protect the environment did not stop after the first Earth Day. President Nixon proposed the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, and then created it by executive order in December of 1970. That order was later ratified by congress.

Denis Hayes. azquotes.com.

Richard Nixon continued to support environmental measures while he was in office. He signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act in December 1970, creating OSHA. While he vetoed the Clean Water Act in 1972, he did so because he objected to the amount of money allocated; his veto was overridden by both chambers of congress in October, 1972. He signed the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972 and the Endangered Species Act signed in 1973.

Senator Gaylord Nelson continued his environmental activities after the first Earth Day. He summed up his position on the environment, “The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.” After leaving the senate, he became counselor for The Wilderness Society. In 1995, he was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He died in 2005.

After the first Earth Day, Denis Hayes continued to spend time organizing it. He founded the Earth Day Network to coordinate activities, and under his guidance, the event expanded to be observed in well over a hundred countries. Since 1992, Hayes has been president of the Bullitt Foundation in Seattle, Washington. He oversaw construction of The Bullitt Center, which opened in 2013 as the first “Living Building” certified by the International Living Future Institute. As we approach the fiftieth Earth Day, Hayes continues to be active in environmental and energy policy.

Earth Day is now celebrated in 193 countries each April 22. You can learn more at https://www.earthday.org/.

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The Woodlands Saves with Solar

Alice Peck Day Lifecare (APD) is powered by their new solar system. Courtesy photo from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital.

Anonymous $500,000 Gift Funds 179kW Solar System for Alice Peck Day Lifecare

Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Alice Peck Day (APD) Lifecare has installed a 179kW rooftop solar system at The Woodlands independent living community in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

 “We’re overjoyed by what this generous donor has made possible. This solar array will contribute to our electricity usage with power from the sun for years into the future,” said Cindy Jerome, executive director of APD Lifecare, the parent organization for The Woodlands. “We expect to save about $25,000 a year on our electricity costs and our residents really enjoy knowing we are using renewable energy. It just feels great to be green; that’s a real passion for many of our residents. The Woodlands is home to people who care about the environment and who make good things happen. Our anonymous donor feels the same way. As a tree-hugger myself, I’m delighted that Woodlands residents led the way in this important project,” she added. 

The grid-tied system was installed by ReVision Energy, an employee-owned, certified B Corp with locations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. 

Although our region is known as northern New England, it’s worth noting that we are actually at the same latitude as sunny places like the French Riviera,” said Phil Coupe, co-founder of ReVision Energy. “In fact, a solar array in Lebanon, New Hampshire, will generate roughly the same amount of electricity each year as an array in Houston, Texas. This means that APD Lifecare will derive a strong economic and environmental return on its solar investment by reducing utility costs and eliminating 110 tons of carbon pollution each year,” he added. 

Kimberley Quirk, Branch Manager for the Enfield office of ReVision Energy knows many of the residents of Woodlands and helped with the design of the solar array and provided information and question-and-answer sessions during the installation. “It was exciting to work on this project from early conception almost a year ago to final installation and commissioning. The Woodlands residents had great questions and good feedback along the way. They really appreciate this sustainable gift of locally generated electricity.” 

The solar array at The Woodlands:

  • Consists of 511 photovoltaic panels with a maximum output of 350 watts per panel. They come with a 25-year warranty and an expected useful lifespan of 40-plus years.
  • Is expected to generate more than 205,000 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity per year for the next 40-plus years while offsetting more than 220,000 pounds of carbon pollution from regional fossil fuel power plants each year. This is equivalent to eliminating the carbon pollution from burning 159,700 pounds of coal or 14,200 gallons of gasoline each year for the next four decades.
  • Will offset the equivalent of 360,000 miles driven in a combustion engine car. This is the same amount of CO2 sequestered each year in 189 acres of our northern forest.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) has been a non-profit, community-based health care organization since 1932. They joined the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system in 2016. APD also includes APD Lifecare, a non-profit senior living community with two facilities that support more than 150 residents in assisted and independent living. Visit AlicePeckDay.org and APDLifecare.org for more information. 

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Green Energy Options Brings Commercial Solar to Monadnock Region

The rooftop array installed by Green Energy Options for RGBC Associates in Keene, NH. Image: Albert Karevy.

Pablo Fleischmann

Beth Caldwell of RGBC Associates and EMF Inc. (an IT service company) had a clear goal of transitioning the EMF building in Keene, NH to clean and renewable solar energy when she walked into the Green Energy Options Store in Keene. She had become sufficiently informed on solar energy investment to be confident that this could also be a sound financial decision; she could “do well by doing good.”

Beth said, “Federal tax credits and long-term financial benefits made the project with Green Energy Options a sensible one. Just as critical as financial incentives, was our commitment to do what we can for our planet’s future, where we are, with what we have. Climate change is not a trivial matter. We are convinced that what we do about our carbon footprint is more important than what we say. Our solar project was a wise financial investment, and a moral choice driven by our values.”

Starting from this place, RGBC Associates and Green Energy Options began a systematic process of design, cost calculation, and a return on investment analysis that verified Beth’s assumptions and identified a project approach that would fully meet their goals. The result of the design and cost-benefit analysis showed that the cost of investing in solar was less than the cost of not making the investment, and did not have the risks that accompany most investments. This work was all done before RGBC Associates invested a single dollar, resulting in a fully informed decision to go forward with a 107kW solar project.

Don McCormick, Commercial Solar Development at Green Energy Options said, “Most people do not yet realize what a strong and easy investment a commercial solar energy project is. It pays for itself by converting the money you are already spending on electricity and taxes, and using them to pay for a durable solar energy facility for you. If you pay taxes and use electricity, then it is cheaper for you to buy a solar energy project than to do nothing!”

RGBC Associates solar energy project was designed to fully net the anticipated annual energy load of the EMF building. To do so required a solar design that utilized all sections of the flat and pitched roof as well as a ground mount solar array six panels high by eleven panels long. Panel optimization was used to get the most out of each panel regardless of differences in solar access from momentary shading of portions of the array.

Bob Gogolen, RGBC Associates’ co-owner and President of EMF Inc., worked closely with Green Energy Options throughout the development and construction process, both to provide input on decision points along the way, and to become an informed and educated solar energy facility owner.

Gogolen and GEO worked closely on ground mount siting to ensure parking and vehicular flow was ideal when the project was complete. The ground mount section of the solar array has become an aesthetic centerpiece and statement of RGBC Associates’ commitment to green energy. As an expert in network and communication systems, Bob became instrumental in the design and troubleshooting of communications for the control and monitoring system and revenue grade meter.

On GEO, Gogolen said, “What impressed us most about Green Energy Options was their approach. They obviously understood the technology, but took a holistic approach to our needs: business, permitting, financial, current and future building usage, parking, aesthetics, and of course the technical side. This is what EMF does with our information technology customers. GEO went above and beyond when the inevitable twists and turns of a project this size posed challenges. And last but not least, it’s fun working with people who share your concern for the environment.”

Only two months after the beginning of construction, the now complete 107 kW solar energy system is providing energy to the building and the grid through the New Hampshire Net-Metering program and is on target to net all of the energy usage of the EMF building going forward!

RGBC Associates is now offering light commercial office and warehouse rental space in the EMF building that includes a menu of IT and other business service and support options. They believe that their investment and commitment to renewable energy and efficiency makes their space even more attractive.

Pablo Fleishmann is the co-owner of Green Energy Options of Keene, NH with his wife Valerie Piedmont. Green Energy Options is a Certified B Corporation and mission-driven business devoted to moving the Monadnock region toward greater energy independence, sustainability and regenerative ways of living.

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The Vermont Solar Carport:

A New Green Offering from Two Worker-Owned Companies

Launch of the Vermont Solar Carport. Images courtesy of TimberHomes Vermont.

Responding to policy makers’ push to more deeply integrate renewable energy into homes, businesses, and transportation, Catamount Solar and TimberHomes Vermont announced that they are teaming up to offer the Vermont Solar Carport. A marriage between beauty and function, the Vermont Solar Carport is a timber frame structure with a standing seam metal roof made with pine and white oak timber from New England forests and built right here in the Green Mountains.

Our carport offers a lot in one package: it provides the economy and durability of roof-mounted solar, a classy parking shelter, and plenty of space to put bikes and kayaks, stack firewood, or store other outdoor gear,” said David Hooke, one of the founding member-owners at TimberHomes Vermont. “Our unique design puts all braces and cables six feet, eight inches above the ground, so you can drive or walk into the carport from all sides.”

Catamount Solar and TimberHomes Vermont have worked together on numerous projects over the years. Developing a jointly designed and branded product was the logical next step for these like-minded companies bringing to clients the strengths of each. The new product will be launched on Thursday, March 5 at 10 am at TimberHomes Vermont’s Montpelier shop at 21 Fork Road.

Our carports are available in one, two and three-bay models with space for 5.85kW, 8.8kW and 11.7kW of solar respectively, allowing customers to customize depending on their current and future power needs,” said Andrew Wible, member-owner at Catamount Solar.

VSECU, a credit union for everybody in Vermont and a leader in solar and energy improvement financing, is teaming up with Catamount Solar and TimberHomes Vermont. Special low-cost financing through VSECU’s VGreen program can help Vermonters begin their transition from fossil fuels to solar and put their car under a handsome roof for an affordable monthly payment and potential savings on their electric bill. Subject to weather, financing and permitting, they can be installed in as little as six weeks from the first phone call.

Anyone in Vermont who is investing in green energy for their home or business is eligible for our excellent VGreen loan rates and terms. VSECU is committed to making it easy for our neighbors to take steps toward their energy independence,” said Laurie Fielder, the VGreen Program Director at VSECU. New Hampshire residents who become members of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) can also access these low rates.

The Vermont Solar Carport is engineer-approved for New England. There are a variety of installation methods to allow for virtually all site conditions. The solar panel racks clamp right to the standing seam making a rugged, leak- proof roof that is easily able to accommodate future technologies.

This design stands out with its clean lines, hand-crafted pegged mortise-and-tenon joinery, and its showcase of locally sourced timbers.

The first five Vermont Solar Carports sold will get a discount of $1,000.

To learn more, contact Catamount Solar at www.Catamountsolar.com or TimberHomes Vermont at www.timberhomesllc.com.

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The New Edition of Green Energy Times Is Available Online

April 3, 2020

We thank you all for your patience, as the coronavirus has delayed the completion of the March issue.  However it is now available!

In these crazy times, we must keep the momentum moving forward to reach our clean energy goals and address the climate crises that has been put in the background at present but will still be here when we get past this.  So we ask our readers to please share Green Energy Times with friends, colleagues, and neighbors. We can do that easily with the online edition of GET, which is available HERE.

The issue has gone to press and will be  delivered starting next week. Many of our drop-off sites are closed, but you will find copies at grocery, convenience and hardware stores. We will continue deliveries as businesses open up. Subscriptions will be mailed out at the end of next week.

April 2 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Power Ledger To Give French Customers Their Choice Of Energy” • Power Ledger, a peer-to-peer energy trading pioneer from Western Australia, unveiled a project that will allow French customers to customize their energy mix. Green energy retailer eKWateur is partnering with Power Ledger on the project, which is the largest of its type. [pv magazine Australia]

Solar array in France (Power Ledger image)

  • “The World Could Soon Run Out Of Space To Store Oil. That May Push Prices Below Zero” • The unprecedented collapse in oil demand has sent crude to 18-year lows, and yet a trade war between Saudi Arabia and Russia keeps the oil coming. With all that supply and little demand, The world will soon run out of room to store all the unneeded oil. [CNN]
  • “Liebherr Releases First All-Electric Cement Mixer” • Swiss construction firm Liebherr recently announced an all-electric first for heavy-duty construction sites. Meet the ETM – a five-axle semi truck mixer based on the new 670 HP all-electric Volvo FM. It’s the world’s first mixer that is 100% electric, and it’s 100% awesome. [CleanTechnica]

Liebherr electric cement mixer (Liebherr, via Motorpasión)

  • “Coronavirus Forces Postponement Of COP26 Meeting In Glasgow” • A key climate summit in Glasgow will be delayed until next year due to disruption caused by the coronavirus. The announcement was made in a joint statement from the UK and UN. The COP26 gathering was set to begin in Glasgow this year on November 9. [BBC]
  • “Brayton Open For US Offshore Wind Business” • Brayton Point Commerce Center in Massachusetts is open for business for the offshore wind industry. It completed upgrades to support heavy-lift port operations and receive deep-draft vessels at the site. The site will include 1200-MW high voltage direct current converter and 400 MW of battery storage. [reNEWS]
  • “Last Coal-Fired Generating Plants Closing In UK And New York” • The end of burning coal to generate electricity is continuing. In the UK, two large coal-fired facilities, with a combined capacity of 3,560 MW have been closed recently. And in the next few weeks, the last coal-fired generating plant in the state of New York, is scheduled to close also. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.