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Rutland Endorses Utility Merger

Today's Rutland Herald reported that the City has voted to endorse the CVPS/Green Mountain Power merger.  This removes a significant obstacle to the deal, and reinforces the expectations that were promised when the merger was announced: i) participation in economic development for Rutland; ii) no staff reductions; iii) maintain an operations headquarters in Rutland and build an energy innovation center and last but certainly

Vermont's Final Comprehensive Energy Plan Released

The State of Vermont has just released a final version of the Comprehensive Energy Plan.  The plan recommends that Vermont make every effort to obtain 90 PERCENT of total energy from RENEWABLE SOURCES by 2050.  Wow!  The state currently uses approximately 25% renewable energy.

Alderman Project in the Rutland Herald

Great article about Same Sun's project at Alderman Toyota.  Phil Alderman describes his motivations, and why now is the right time for his dealerships to go solar. His reasons encompass environmental and financial reasons, as well as the fact that his business is spending more time promoting new auto technology--hybrid and electric vehicles.  The article further describes the new net metering bonus, Same Sun's commitment to American Products and the CVPS/Green Mountain Merger that will turn Rutland into Vermont's Solar City. 

Solar: It works in the winter too!

We find that people tend to be more focused on solar when its hot and sunny. However, Vermonters -- especially those of us that ski --are well aware of the glare of the sun on snow. It still shines brightly, and the kilowatts keep coming in.

Solar: It works in the winter too!

We find that people tend to be more focused on solar when its hot and sunny.  However, Vermonters -- especially those of us that ski --are well aware of the        glare of the sun on snow.  It still shines brightly, and the kilowatts keep coming in.

 

Vermont Leads Once Again

I recently spoke with a representative of CVPS regarding a net metering issue with a small-scale system--i.e. less than 5KW--and was quite surprised to learn that he hadn't seen very many of the new registration forms.  It must be, as with other things in the solar industry, Vermonters are not yet aware of the many positive implications of the Energy Act of 2011

Congratulations to Governor Shumlin - 2011's Green Governor

We just read on Vermont.gov that Governor Peter Shumlin received the 2011 Green Governor of the Year Award at the Opportunity Green business conference at Los Angeles Center Studios in California.  We are proud of our Governor and the leadership he has shown on his issue, particularly on passing the Vermont Energy Act of 2011.

We can't agree more with the following, from the article:  

NABCEP Certification

There is so much information out there about solar panels and installation, and so many players have entered the industry,  How can you tell that your installer is qualified?   Fortunately, a standard has emerged--known as the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).  This organization has put forth a set of requirements that, once satisfied, proves that a solar (PV) installer is supremely qualified to design and install any solar electric system.

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