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Helping VT Reach Renewable Energy Goal Set for 2050

By Dee Gish, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission

In 2011 the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) established the ambitious goals of obtaining 90% of Vermont’s total energy from renewable sources by 2050 and 25% of all energy produced in-state by 2025. The CEP […]

SCC Joins Solar Community

Bennington, VT Church Joins the Solar Energy Community

By N. R. Mallery

On May 19, 2015, Solar Pro of Arlington, Vermont completed the installation of 72 roof-mounted solar panels on the Second Congregational Church UCC (SCC) on Hillside Street in Bennington, Vermont. Solar power is expected to produce approximately 20,500 kWh of energy annually, resulting […]

Norwich, Vermont

Community Power

Solaflect dual axis suspension PV trackers were used to make clean, renewable energy for the town buildings in Norwich, Vermont. Photo courtesy of Solaflect.

By George Harvey

News has come that the town of Norwich, Vermont has achieved a remarkable goal. All of its municipal buildings are powered 100% from local solar […]

Resilient Communities: Plymouth, New Hampshire is doin’ it!

By George Harvey

In the pursuit of community resilience, one of the most active communities in New England is unquestionably Plymouth, New Hampshire. The Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) is a leading organization in this pursuit. Co-Director Sandra Jones says, “PAREI’s goal is for every resident in the town to consider the issue of […]

Microgrids Are Coming!

By George Harvey

The Brattleboro, Vermont Energy Committee recently formed an Integrated Energy Systems subcommittee with the purpose of investigating such solutions as microgrids and the technologies that might be used with them. A microgrid is a system that has its own generating and storage capacity, with a potential to operate independently of the […]

Growing a Community Solar Farm

Green Mtn. Community Solar in Groton, VT

Local high school and college students who helped build the project are, left to right, Natalie Page, Rowan Johnston-McWilliams, Zac Bergh, Tiernan Johnston-McWilliams, Hector Soveren, Jake LaVaude, Caleb Genereaux and Eli LaVaude.

Thirteen Vermont families, Wells River Savings Bank and Catamount Film and Arts have collaborated with […]

Community Solar – the Game Changer for the Green Revolution

This 150kW Community Solar project in Brattleboro, Vermont, has been providing power to six residences and three businesses since October 14th, 2014. Photo courtesy Soveren Solar

 

By Daniel Hoviss Putney VT

Merriam Webster says a Game Changer is a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a […]

181 New Solar Contracts Signed in the Upper Valley

Solarize Upper Valley Closes Round Two, Opens Round Three

Solarize Orford installer partner Chris Milner of Milhouse Enterprises completes a ground-mount installation in Orford in December.

By Allison E. Rogers Furbish

As of its January 31 deadline, the second round of the Solarize Upper Valley initiative saw 181 contracts signed for new solar photovoltaic […]

How A Community Became 100% Renewable

G.E.T. Staff

Freiamt is technically a town, though in fact it is a collection of five small villages. It sits in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, the Black Forest, about 20 minutes from Freiburg am Breisgau. The 4300 citizens, like those of many other German communities, are moving toward 100% reliance on renewable sources […]