This Week: Solar Projects, PUP Presentation, Energy Studies and More…

Jun 07, 2013 No Comments by

I’ll be presenting on solar options for homeowners this Wednesday at the Maclure Library in Pittsford at 6:30PM. We’ll review the programs and the incentives available and include details of our Power Up Program. You can RSVP on Facebook and share the event. I look forward to seeing you there! Also, don’t forget about these upcoming events:



The summer and lack of legislative session seems to have slowed down the amount of renewable energy news. However, solar projects are still popping up around the state. SameSum of Rutland has been contracted to build a solar array for Green Mountain Power at the Rutland Hospital. The project is 150KW. A much larger 2.4MW project is under construction in the Franklin County town of Sheldon Springs. The project will have more than 9,900 ground-mounted PV panels covering 12 acres. The project is developed by California based Greenwood Biosar.

Both the Burlington Free Press and VTDigger reported on the energy related studies that came out of the legislative session, including those related to S. 30. Surprisingly there were five other energy related studies ordered by the legislature this year.You can review them here.

In wind related news, last week included oral arguments in front of the PSB on the Seneca Mountain Wind MET tower case. You can watch the video on Vimeo and listen to the audio if you are interested in the discussion. VTDigger and other outlets carrieda press release from GMP announcing the commissioning of a new Northern Power Systems 100KW wind turbine at the Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vermont. This is the same turbine model that has been generating noise complaints and community concerns in Vergennes.

Lastly, it was announced that a Massachusetts company wants to build a transmission cable under the lake from Plattsburgh to Burlington. The goal of this cable would be to bring electricity to ISO-NE area from constrained areas in upstate New York. Most of the constrained generation capacity in upstate New York is from wind power projects in the area. It is unclear if this cable could also be used to bring additional Hydro-Quebec power into Vermont. This cable is not to be confused with the proposed project that would link Hydro-Quebec with demand in New York City via a lake-length cable.

Thanks again to everyone that has participated in our Power Up Program. If you filled out information at the website and haven’t heard from us, drop me a line or reply to this email. I want to make sure we have connected with everyone!

I look forward to seeing you Wednesday night in Pittsford, I hope you’ll join me.

Have a great weekend,

Lukas B. Snelling


Jun 05, 2013 01:59 pm | Kenny Soto

Reposted From The Rutland Herald. SameSun of Vermont has scored its second contract to build solar arrays for Green Mountain Power. The utility announced it had awarded SameSun, which also built the Cleveland Avenue solar farm, the contract for its project at Rutland Regional Medical Center off Allen Street. The project is a joint effort …

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Jun 05, 2013 01:45 pm | Kenny Soto

Reposted from The Burlington Free Press. Groundwork has begun on an industrial-sized solar plant in Franklin County, its builders announced Tuesday, calling the project one of Vermont’s largest. The 2.4-megawatt project is located on about 12 acres in Sheldon Springs, roughly halfway between Swanton and Enosburg Falls. It is expected to be completed by late August …

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Jun 04, 2013 02:23 pm | Kenny Soto

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. Energy: The state treasurer will report to the Legislature by Dec. 15 about establishing a line of credit for residential energy efficiency loans. (H.395) The Public Service Department will create a working group to develop a format for energy ratings that a building owner may use to disclose the energy …

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Jun 01, 2013 10:44 am | Kenny Soto

Reposted from VT Digger. Several key energy investments and policies fell by the wayside during the 2013 legislative session. But Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Public Service Department, and Rep. Tony Klein, chair the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, say they will prioritize investments in thermal efficiency and the state’s Clean Energy Development Fund …

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Jun 01, 2013 10:15 am | Kenny Soto

Reposted from VT Digger. News Release — Green Mountain Power May 31, 2013 Bridport — The first farm in Vermont to put power from cow manure on the electric grid is now capturing energy from the wind. Green Mountain Power has installed a Vermont-built Northern Power 100 kilowatt wind turbine at Blue Spruce Farm in …

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