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Opinion: NIMBY-ism a foe of green energy

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Eric Hanson



I could not disagree more with some recent letters to the editor regarding solar power development in Vermont. We are so used to living lives with our power being generated at distant power plants that are out of sight and out of mind that we tend to forget that any form of energy production has its adverse impacts.

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Opinion: Green energy project impacts should be shared

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Peter Rothschild



As yesterday’s article in the Rutland Herald demonstrated, a major issue in achieving Vermont’s goal of producing 90 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2050 is how to balance what has been determined to be the public good with the democratic character of our society.

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Do solar arrays qualify for current use tax benefits?

Posted on October 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — As new solar arrays pop up around Addison County, and a litany of others await Public Service Board approval, some town officials and residents are wondering how much tax revenue these solar projects will generate.

One question many have is whether the land used for solar arrays can be enrolled in “current use,” a designation that decreases the assessment value of farm and forestland, and thus lowers property tax bills.

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Opinion: Renowned artist says solar panels preserve Vermont vistas

Posted on October 1, 2014 |
By Sabra Field



SunCommon is in preliminary negotiation with a neighbor in East Barnard, and we are unsure whether to remain part of the global warming problem or become part of the solution.

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Opinion: Solar companies must take more care in siting panels

Posted on October 1, 2014 |
By Robert Deeble



Following the afterglow of the 300,000-person march for global warming in New York City, I’d like to introduce an alternate dose of reality to the discussion. SunCommon solar company of Waterbury seems to have the Vermont governor and the Public Service Board in their hip pocket.

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Change in solar array taxes costs towns

Posted on September 29, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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NEW HAVEN — Drive from Vergennes to Middlebury along Route 7, and you won’t go more than a few miles without seeing a solar array. As towns like New Haven are deluged with proposals for new solar arrays, citizens and town officials are wondering, “What’s in it for us?”

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New Haven grapples with expansion of solar arrays

Posted on September 22, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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NEW HAVEN — A New Haven couple has raised concerns about a solar array that was recently approved — over their objection — for construction near their Dog Team Road home.

This episode and a series of proposed solar projects in town, including one that would be among the largest ever built in Vermont, have many residents wondering what will become of their beautiful views of the landscape.

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Editorial: Should solar projects have more public input?

Posted on September 22, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Here’s a comment by a Vermont solar company executive that offers as much hope as it presents concern: “In the future, solar panels are going to be as ubiquitous as barns and silos, and we should be working toward it, not against it.”

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Middlebury plan changes OK'd

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — In addition to making their decision on using option tax reserves for a utility project, members at their Tuesday meeting also approved several moves that came before the board earlier this summer.

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Middlebury signs on for more solar power

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has agreed to become a consumer of a new, 150-kilowatt solar project that is being planned by the Addison County Relocalization Network (Acorn) Renewable Energy Co-op.

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