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Saxtons River Solar Electric Becomes Ridgeline Renewables

George Harvey

Father and daughter, Eric Shenholm and Anya Bredbeck. Photo courtesy of Ridgeline Renewables.

For a small company, Saxtons River Solar Electric (SRSE) shows up on our pages quite a lot. We published several articles about this innovative company and numerous others that mention it. There will very probably be more in the future, but the same company will be called by a new name, Ridgeline Renewables.

For as long as it has been running, SRSE has been a family business operating in Westminster, Vermont, near Putney. The company has been owned and operated by Eric Shenholm, whose experience with solar energy dates from the 1970s. Now, the company is being passed to another member of the family, Anya Bredbeck, Shenholms’s daughter, who has been working professionally in the trades since she was seventeen. She has been a SRSE employee for five years. And now, she is taking over ownership and operations.

Anya Bredbeck’s brother Yuri Bredbeck is being brought onboard to manage the office while Anya works in the field. With Covid-19, Yuri’s office is in his own home. This is not just a precaution for the sake of health in times of the pandemic, and it will probably be an ongoing business plan.

Solar array in Vermont.

SRSE’s new name, Ridgeline Renewables, is part of the changeover. Aside from what we have already listed, however, there will be very few changes in the SRSE business, and Yuri emphasized that the business will be much the same as it has been. It is true that Eric Shenholm is retiring, but Anya Bredbeck has been working at the company as the lead installer of heat pumps and solar energy for five years, after acquiring years of experience elsewhere. And, like her father, Anya Bredbeck is EPA-certified in heat pump technology. Chris Clay also remains on the team as an installer.

Ridgeline Renewables will continue its work on both solar power and heat pumps and will continue to sell and install the same products. They will honor the warranties of SRSE and will continue to service customers in the same ways. The company’s territory will remain what it had been, keeping customers mostly within an hour’s drive of Westminster.

The Rigeline Renewables office number is 802-387-0073. Its web site will be, though is working for now. Email is

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