PRESS RELEASE: Join Same Sun for An Electrifying Afternoon at the Paramount Theatre

RUTLAND, VT – On Thursday, April 27th from 4-6 PM, Center Street in Rutland will be filled with Electric Vehicles during “An Electrifying Afternoon,” an event hosted by Same Sun of Vermont, Inc., at the solar-powered Paramount Theatre, featuring a cash raffle with a Grand Prize of $10,000 cash or $20,000 towards a Same Sun solar array. 

The event is free and open to the public, with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar provided by Roots the Restaurant, which is also solar-powered.  

A variety of makes and models of Electric Vehicles will line the street outside the theatre.  Inside, displayed on the stage will be Electric Tractors, Lawnmowers, Bicycles, Jet Skis, Motorcycles, Hot Water Heaters and Heat Pumps.

“This event celebrates all the ways folks can move from fossil fuels to electricity and then own that electricity through the power of the sun,” explained Philip Allen, President of Same Sun of Vermont.  “When we began Same Sun 12 years ago, solar power was important but it could do little more for you than turn on the lights and power your outlets.  Now, solar kilowatt-hours can mow your lawn, heat your home and energize your car.  All of this will be on display at the Paramount.”

Those in attendance will be eligible to win one of (5) $100 and (10) $1,000 raffle prizes, which will be drawn at 5:00 and 5:30 pm respectively.  The Grand Prize winner (who need not be present to win) will be drawn at 5:45pm.  All proceeds benefit The Paramount and its variety of outreach programs that continue the great tradition of maintaining this institution as one for everyone in the community.   Raffle tickets may be purchased here.

Said Eric Mallette, Executive Director of The Paramount, “We are endlessly thankful for the continued support of Same Sun of Vermont. With more than one-third of our overall electrical consumption generated by our rooftop solar array designed, partially funded and installed by Same Sun, the sustainability of The Paramount has never been more concrete. Because of their support, the Allens have helped secure – and continue to do so via this raffle – The Paramount’s viability for generations to come.”

Both Same Sun and Solaflect, manufacturer and installer of Vermont’s leading solar tracker, will be present to answer questions and book free solar evaluations for homes and businesses.  Representatives of BROC Community Action (solar-powered as well!) will be present to aid in weatherization solutions energy saving plans, rebates and incentives for switching to electric heat and hot water.

Same Sun of Vermont was established in 2011 by Marlene Lederman Allen and Philip Allen of Rutland Town, as a turnkey solar-electric design and installation firm.  Headquartered in historic downtown Rutland, Same Sun focuses on customer-driven solutions for the residential and commercial marketplace in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. 

The Paramount Theatre, a historically significant 830 seat Victorian-style opera house, is a vital core piece of the Rutland Region.  With an active Board of Directors, diversity of arts, entertainment and community events, The Paramount’s importance is more dynamic than ever.  Stage lights shine brightly more than 200 times per year with an ever-expanding, wide variety of cultural events ranging from internationally celebrated dance companies to Grammy Award-winning rock and roll artists, Broadway-style theatrical performances to area dance school recitals… and just about anything and everything else in between. Hosting local government election forums, naturalization ceremonies and, over the past decade, area non-profits who make use of the facility to collectively raise more than $1M in support of their important missions. The Paramount welcomes more than 60,000 patrons per year resulting in an estimated $2M economic impact annually.