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Green Mountain Power to install solar array on roof to aid low-income

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Green Mountain Power will be using the roof of its Middlebury service station to practice what it preaches about renewable energy.

Company officials recently announced plans to install a 325-panel solar array on the roof at 121 Cady Road, just east of Route 7.

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Panton solar battery advances

Posted on October 26, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Green Mountain Power officials are now working on completing a final, and key, step involved with siting a 5-megawatt solar array on a Panton farm not far from the town’s office building and highway garage.

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Brandon solar array proposal downsized

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A planned 100-acre solar project on farmland in Brandon is now owned by a different company, and, if it is built, will be 25 percent smaller than originally planned.

Davenport Solar filed a notice of intent to file a petition with the Vermont Public Utility Commission, requesting approval to build the project, which has been downsized to 15-megawatts from the original 20-megawatt plan. A copy of the letter was sent to the state Agency of Natural Resources, the town of Brandon and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission on Sept. 29.

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Basin Harbor solar heads back to court

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — A solar array erected on Basin Harbor Club property and opposed by some neighbors, particularly on nearby Mile Point Road, is headed for the second time to Vermont Supreme Court.

Neighbor Mary McGuire and her family are appealing to the Supreme Court an April 24 Public Service Board (PSB) denial of McGuire’s Motion for Reconsideration.

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Solar project gets approval in Brandon

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has given its blessing to another solar project in town.

Mike Norris of Norris Brothers Solar Development of New Haven appeared before the board on April 24 to request a letter of support for a 500-kilowatt solar array on 3.75 acres next to the Smoke Rise Quarry off Route 7 north of downtown.

Norris said he and his brother Pete started the solar company three years ago with the goal of building smaller, 150- to 500-kilowatt solar projects.

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Weybridge solar plan draws major opposition

Posted on December 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Developers of a 4.99-megawatt solar farm proposal for Weybridge invited neighbors to a Dec. 14 forum to get a sense of how the project might be received.

A vast majority of the 40 townspeople who showed up at the gathering at their local elementary school didn’t mince their words. They don’t want it, fearing that the solar farm — which would be one of the biggest in the state and the first ever pitched in Weybridge — would affect their views and property values.

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Site visit ordered for New Haven solar array

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — The Vermont Public Service Board hearing officer on the proposed Next Generation Solar Farm on Field Days Road has ordered a site visit, New Haven selectboard chair Kathy Barrett told her board at a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The site visit is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m.

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Top stories of 2015: #3 — Solar arrays abound, siting challenged

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The debate continued — and to some degree intensified — in 2015 over the value and aesthetics of ground-based solar arrays as more were installed or proposed locally from as far north as Ferrisburgh to as far south as Brandon.

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SunCommon withdraws plan for solar array in Cornwall

Posted on December 21, 2015 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — SunCommon has decided to withdraw its application for a proposed solar array off West Street in Cornwall, citing setback issues and a state-mandated archaeological review of the project site.

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