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New Haven selectboard candidates say solar is top issue facing town

Posted on February 16, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



NEW HAVEN — Four candidates will face off for two seats on the New Haven selectboard in an unusually busy election season. The races will be decided by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day, March 3.

Charles Roy and Jim Walsh are vying for a three-year seat, while Susan Smiley and Steve Dupoise Sr. are competing for a two-year seat. Roy, the incumbent for the two-year seat, is seeking the three-year being vacated by Roger Boise.

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Opinion: Middlebury solar array exceeds projected output

Posted on February 16, 2015 |
By Greg Pahl



Regarding the article “Vergennes solar array output comes up short” that ran in the Monday, Feb. 9, issue of the Independent, it’s unfortunate that you used an image of the Acorn Energy Solar One community solar project located off Lucius Shaw Lane behind the Middlebury police station to illustrate the story. That’s because this locally owned, 150-kilowatt array has consistently exceeded its original annual electricity production estimate of 172,000 kilowatt hours by an average of 6.7 percent over the past three years.

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Vergennes solar array output comes up short

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — Let’s face it; Vermont isn’t the sunniest of places. On average, there’s only a 51 percent chance it will be sunny here during daylight hours.

So as the state’s infant solar industry grows, how accurately can solar developers project how much energy an array will produce?

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Opinion: Solar sector offers jobs for state

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Rick Shappy



It seems a week doesn’t goes by without someone in the media bemoaning the lack of job opportunities for young people in Vermont. While Vermont is an attractive place to live, we need professional jobs to keep our population rooted. The solar industry, while not new, has seen remarkable growth as costs have become affordable, and accessible programs like community solar arrays pop up. Turns out that deploying clean, renewable technology necessitates a significant workforce.

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Backers see solar as money maker

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — Last year, the Public Service Board approved 26 projects in Addison County larger than 15 kilowatts, the largest of which were a 2.2-megawatt array in Middlebury and a 2.0-megawatt array in Bridport.

As workers proceed with construction of these arrays, soon to be among the largest in the state, many Addison County residents are wondering who’s making money from these large arrays. Landowners get revenue from leases, municipalities get tax revenue, construction firms get business — but how do investors in solar projects benefit?

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Opinion: Solar helps keep young people in Vermont

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By R.J. Adler



On Aug. 16, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. I was in Jackson, Wyo., nervously awaiting a call from a potential employer, a solar energy company back in Vermont. After leaving Vermont for job opportunities out West, I knew the solar position was my chance to get back to a place I loved: Addison County. This was the job I wanted, in the place I wanted to be.

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Opinion: Solar is creating a bright economic future in Vermont

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Caleb Elder



A recent study from the Solar Foundation found that Vermont had more solar jobs per capita in 2013 than any other state. This is particularly impressive when you consider how the solar industry has thrived across the country, providing plenty of competition. The numbers for 2014 aren’t in yet, but based on what I’ve seen this year, Vermont will likely maintain its No. 1 spot in the rankings.

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Opinion: Solar power should feel good

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Suzanne Fay



Regarding “Neighbors petition PSB on solar array in Ferrisburgh” (Dec. 31):

As one of the neighbors involved, I wish we could get a “Good Neighbor Agreement” from Basin Harbor Club and All Earth Renewables (like SunCommon’s with the town of New Haven — see related story) and together find a more appropriate site for this array on Basin Harbor Club’s 700 acres.

Solar power should feel GOOD.

Suzanne Fay

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Opinion: God and the PSB control sunshine?

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Leonard Gibbs



Your news report, “Solar project denied,” of Jan. 5, 2015, clears up some of my confusion. I had previously thought that God owned our solar power source. Thanks to the PSB for straightening us out on this. We now know that both God and the PSB share control of the sunshine.

Leonard Gibbs

Panton

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Opinion: Local input key in solar siting

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Paul Stone



Happy New Year to all and hope the holiday season has been merry and you all gave and received meaningful and useful presents. Of the presents I received one came as a letter to editor of the Addison Independent, Dec. 25. The writer, associated with VPIRG, admonished me for confusing Act 248, a mental health law passed in 2011, with Section 248 of Title 30 and the Public Service Board, and for thinking solar panels are ugly. So lesson learned. I apologize for any misgivings anyone suffered.

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