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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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Opinion: Vermont landscape being blanketed by solar projects

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Virginia Williams



The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont are back and this 21st-century army of renewable energy soldiers is by all appearances fighting for nothing more than personal gain. With warp-speed competitive zeal this 1 percent band of investors, developers and manufacturers is very busy blanketing the landscape of Vermont with solar fields.

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Towns debate role of solar, legislators consider Act 248 reform

Posted on October 16, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



NEW HAVEN — As towns in Addison County field proposals for new solar power arrays, town officials and area legislators say they’d like to see communities have more influence over where projects can be sited, and how large they can be.

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Opinion: Solar power projects should also face local review

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Paul and Frances Stone



The rapid influx of solar panels in Vermont is causing a blight on the landscape, mainly due to the fact that town planning has no input in the siting process. State law gives the Public Service Board, which has only three members, complete responsibility for determining the location of all energy projects; the board does not have to respect local planning. So the board lets the developer do the siting and apparently doesn’t care enough to think about how these solar panels are changing the character of Vermont.

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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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