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County to host some of Vt.'s largest solar arrays

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s been another busy year for solar firms in Vermont, and Addison County will host some of the state’s largest arrays.

As of Dec. 1, the Public Service Board had issued Certificates of Public Good to 138 projects across the state, ranging from small rooftop units to multi-acre solar arrays. Twenty-six projects are located in Addison County.

These figures don’t include residential-size projects of less than 15 kilowatts, which do not need a CPG.

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Opinion: Acts 248 and 250 need local input

Posted on November 26, 2014 |
By Paul Stone



Tom Denecker, Denecker Chevrolet, has withdrawn his Act 250 application to build a new car store at the corner of routes 22A and 7 in Ferrisburgh, per the Addison Independent, Nov. 20. Apparently he saw no hope of a permit in the face of opposition from the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, the Agency of Natural Resources, and Vermont Natural Resources Council. The application process was overwhelming and not worth the expense and the fight, per Denecker.

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New Haven resident pitches solar park idea

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



NEW HAVEN — As New Haven sorts through more than a dozen solar projects proposed in town, a resident has an idea that he says would mollify the siting concerns of neighbors and also allow solar firms to make the best use of the town’s abundance of flat, open farmland.

Residents have raised concerns about the Public Service Board approving one-acre, 150-kilowatt solar arrays to be built in residential areas, often a stone’s throw from their homes. Some say they’re ugly, while others are concerned that nearby arrays will devalue their property.

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Vt. Sun reaps benefits of solar

Posted on November 13, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — You’d think that with a name like Vermont Sun Fitness Center, Steve Hare’s business would have gone solar sooner.

The notion of installing solar power panels at the gym off Exchange Street in Middlebury did occur to Hare about a decade ago. But back then, the businessman says, solar arrays were expensive and took a longer period to pay off installation costs than they do now.

Now, he says, thanks to changes in technology and production techniques, that’s changed.

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Opinion: We all have a duty in forging new energy alternatives

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Jason Kaye



Our communities’ conversations about solar siting, the gas pipeline, wind turbines and tar sands elicit frustrations, concerns and blame — and understandably so. For me, these conversations evoke something additional: a sense of duty.

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New Haven selectboard says 'no' to solar

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



NEW HAVEN — New Haven took steps to control its own solar future Oct. 21 when the selectboard voted to oppose two proposed solar projects within its borders and to participate in Public Service Board proceedings for all future applications for solar arrays.

The board voted unanimously to oppose a 2.2-megawatt array on Field Days Road proposed by Green Peak Solar and a 5.5-megawatt array on Route 7 by GroSolar.

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Workshop to offer hints on siting solar projects

Posted on October 27, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — This Thursday the Addison County Regional Planning Commission’s Energy Committee will host a workshop to discuss best practices for siting solar power facilities.

The Oct. 30 gathering will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the planning commission’s 14 Seminary St. office in Middlebury.

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SunCommon floats plan for community solar

Posted on October 27, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WALTHAM — Weather-wise, this past Thursday wasn’t the best day to announce a major solar project. It was, in fact, nearly the worst — 40 degrees, gusting winds, overcast skies and a downpour that showed no signs of relenting.

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Opinion: New methane-related technology could be an asset

Posted on October 24, 2014 |
By Alpine Bingham



Recent developments in renewable energy have come to my immediate vicinity, both solar and bio-methane. A look at these two forms, one producing energy only during daylight hours and the other continuous energy 24 hours, yielded for me the following insight: If solar energy, which can only be stored by expensive batteries could be supplemented more directly by methane physically stored to be used to power a generator during morning and evening “peak” hours, the two could combine to greatest effect.

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Middlebury technology firm lands $1M award to spur solar

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — A homegrown cloud software company specializing in data analysis has landed a major federal award.

Faraday — which incubated in the former county courthouse building in Middlebury’s court square — on Wednesday received a $1 million U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative award. The funding will help Faraday develop the software service it sells to the solar power industry.

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