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green energy http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/184/all en Firm aiming to make solar power a bargain http://addisonindependent.com/201210firm-aiming-make-solar-power-bargain <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-13493" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201210firm-aiming-make-solar-power-bargain"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/suncommon2693.thumbnail.jpg" alt="suncommon2693.jpg" title="suncommon2693.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SUNCOMMON SOLAR COMMUNITY organizer Dan Conant, right, talks with Rep. Willem Jewett, while Rep. Diane Lanpher talks with Ferrisburgh energy coordinator Bob McNary at the gazebo on the Middlebury green Tuesday afternoon. The public officials were there to support Suncommon in its announcement of a program to bring cost-effective solar electric generation to Addison County. Independent photo/John McCright </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; A new Waterbury Center-based company is trying to bring the promise of solar-powered electric generation to Addison County at a price that Vermonters can afford.</p> <p> A new Waterbury Center-based company called Suncommon announced on Tuesday that it will soon begin installing solar electric systems on Addison County homes with no up-front cost and for monthly rates that can be less than what the customers are paying for conventional electricity.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13494">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201210firm-aiming-make-solar-power-bargain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Featured green energy Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:17:08 +0000 John Flowers 13494 at http://addisonindependent.com Jackman's pushes from fossil fuels to solar power http://addisonindependent.com/201208jackmans-pushes-fossil-fuels-solar-power <p> BRISTOL &mdash; Jackman&rsquo;s Inc., a provider of carbon-heavy heating fuels like kerosene and No. 2 heating fuel, is giving solar a go.</p> <p> The Bristol company, which got its start by selling firewood and coal in 1930, has long specialized in offering a range of heating options to its customers. In the last decade, the company began dealing pellets and bio diesel.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12901">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208jackmans-pushes-fossil-fuels-solar-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bristol energy fuel green energy solar Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:52:13 +0000 Andrew Stein 12901 at http://addisonindependent.com Bikers promote efficient energy sources http://addisonindependent.com/201207bikers-promote-efficient-energy-sources <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-12631" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201207bikers-promote-efficient-energy-sources"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/bikers4723.thumbnail.jpg" alt="bikers4723.jpg" title="bikers4723.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CLIMATE SUMMER, A nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainable energy sources, is spending the summer biking through seven Vermont towns and cities to spread their message. The group arrived in Vergennes last Thursday. Pictured are, left to right, Shea Riester, Anna Kruserman, Monique Gallant, Emma John and Lily Gutterman. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Efforts to increase awareness of climate change have taken to the open road. A group of young environmentalists are biking through the state, acting as partners with the organization Climate Summer, a program aimed at connecting with local leaders to address issues pertaining to efficient energy sources.</p> <p> Climate Summer is a internship program for college-age students run by Better Future Project, a nonprofit organization founded in January 2011 that promotes leadership development and heads initiatives in environmental issues.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12616">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201207bikers-promote-efficient-energy-sources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes green energy Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:11:25 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12616 at http://addisonindependent.com New Haven-based solar firm gets boost from court ruling http://addisonindependent.com/201204new-haven-based-solar-firm-gets-boost-court-ruling <p> NEW HAVEN &mdash; One of the state&rsquo;s largest prospective solar installations &mdash; more than twice the size of the Ferrisburgh Solar Farm &mdash; may have jumped its final legal hurdle, when the Vermont Supreme Court upheld a Public Service Board (PSB) certificate of public good.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/11600">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201204new-haven-based-solar-firm-gets-boost-court-ruling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Haven courts energy green energy solar Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:40:30 +0000 Andrew Stein 11600 at http://addisonindependent.com County residents take advantage of solar water initiative http://addisonindependent.com/201201county-residents-take-advantage-solar-water-initiative <!--StartFragment--><!--StartFragment--><!--StartFragment--><!--StartFragment--><p class="Bodycopy"> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Almost 100 Addison County residents have hooked their homes up to a solar hot water system in large part due to Solar Addison County, a program launched last summer by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG).</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/9781">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201111middlebury-hydro-plan-advance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury energy green energy hydro Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:00:04 +0000 Christian Woodard 9781 at http://addisonindependent.com Board gives solar farm a green light http://addisonindependent.com/201110board-gives-solar-farm-green-light <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously agreed to lease an acre of town property to a nonprofit group to use to house a small solar farm for the next 25 years.</p> <p> The lease was struck with a local group called &ldquo;Acorn Energy One Solar LLC&rdquo; for an acre of land located north and a little west of the Middlebury police station off Lucius Shaw Lane.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/9539">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201110board-gives-solar-farm-green-light" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury energy green energy solar Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:00:06 +0000 John Flowers 9539 at http://addisonindependent.com Vermonters slow to take up tools for saving energy http://addisonindependent.com/201108vermonters-slow-take-tools-saving-energy <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-9034" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201108vermonters-slow-take-tools-saving-energy"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/LauraAsermily1172.thumbnail.jpg" alt="LauraAsermily1172.jpg" title="LauraAsermily1172.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDDLEBURY RESIDENT LAURA Asermily stands beside the tank of her solar-powered water heater. This is only one of the many improvements she’s made to make her home more energy efficient. Independent photo/Andrea Warren </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Three years after the Legislature passed Act 92, the Vermont Energy Efficiency and Affordability Act, the state is not on pace to reach the act&rsquo;s goal of improving energy efficiency in 25 percent of Vermont homes (roughly 80,000) by 2020.</p> <p> Instead, the state is likely to fall short of this goal by 28,000 homes.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/9018">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201108vermonters-slow-take-tools-saving-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury green energy Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:00:29 +0000 Ian Trombulak 9018 at http://addisonindependent.com Starksboro project tests feasibility of solar power http://addisonindependent.com/201108starksboro-project-tests-feasibility-solar-power <p> STARKSBORO &mdash; In October of 2010, the town of Starksboro took major steps to revamp its energy portfolio by installing 25 solar power arrays mounted on trackers on 1.5 acres of land adjacent to Robinson Elementary School.</p> <p> From the outset, one of the main goals of this project was to net zero energy consumption for the school and town buildings. Put another way, town and school officials sought to produce as much energy using solar as they drew from the electric power grid in the course of a year.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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He co-founded the local company Salamander Construction in 2004, and two years later followed his future wife down to Massachusetts, where he started another construction company, called Ducksholm Builders in Nantucket.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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The credit is 20 cents for every kilowatt hour their units produce.</p> <p class="Bodycopy"> When the roughly 14-cent-per-kWh cost of power purchased from Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) or Green Mountain Power (GMP) is factored into the mix, a solar customer will receive an approximate 6-cent credit called an &ldquo;adder&rdquo; for every kWh used and produced.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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The program was unveiled Tuesday at the Ferrisburgh home of Bob McNary, far left. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Energy specialists across Addison County, like Ferrisburgh Energy Committee Chairman Bob McNary, have waited years for something to make solar technology more accessible to their friends and neighbors. Now, McNary and others believe that the something has arrived in the form of a new deal that cuts the cost of a solar thermal hot water system in half for county residents.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/8541">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201107solar-savings-offered-county-residents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County green energy Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:00:27 +0000 Andrew Stein 8541 at http://addisonindependent.com Solar house placement hits zoning roadbump http://addisonindependent.com/201107solar-house-placement-hits-zoning-roadbump <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-8557" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201107solar-house-placement-hits-zoning-roadbump"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/solarhouseint1953.thumbnail.jpg" alt="solarhouseint1953.jpg" title="solarhouseint1953.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE Solar Decathlon house will head to Washington, D.C., for a Department of Energy competition this fall, and when it returns the college has proposed placing it adjacent to Chipman Park. Neighbors opposed to the placement have cited a 2002 planning commission decision that provides them with a buffer from the college. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; As construction on the Middlebury College Solar Decathlon house continues, its ultimate resting place has come under scrutiny by the town&rsquo;s Development Review Board and residents of the Chipman Park neighborhood.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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The Vermont Energy Act of 2011, which will take effect on July 1, mandates that all utility companies provide residential customers who use solar power with a 20-cent credit for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy they generate.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/8071">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201106new-law-could-energize-solar-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont energy green energy legislature solar Thu, 02 Jun 2011 18:00:30 +0000 Andrew Stein 8071 at http://addisonindependent.com Blittersdorf discusses our energy future http://addisonindependent.com/201105blittersdorf-discusses-our-energy-future <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andrew Stein </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>Vermont born and bred entrepreneur David Blittersdorf is lighting up the renewable energy industry and building a solar platform to track the future. </em></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/7901">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201105blittersdorf-discusses-our-energy-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont energy green energy solar wind Thu, 12 May 2011 18:00:04 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 7901 at http://addisonindependent.com