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Eaton charges up local solar firm

Posted on July 25, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — A hometown boy is back in town and looking to make big headway this year in solar technology across Addison County.

Chris Eaton is a Middlebury Union High School graduate and a 1999 Middlebury College alumnus. 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.

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State offers incentive for solar panel users

Posted on July 25, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



ADDISON COUNTY — A new law requires electric utilities give a credit to their customers who produce some of their own power through home solar power panels. The credit is 20 cents for every kilowatt hour their units produce.

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 “adder” for every kWh used and produced.

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Could switchgrass offer a CO2 solution?

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — When the American settlers first crossed the Great Plains, they encountered native species of prairie grass like switchgrass and big blue stem.

Now those same grasses — seeded deep in the American perception of a rural aesthetic — are being sown in Addison County fields in an effort to make them an affordable and viable source of local energy.

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New Haven solar array crosses a hurdle, but faces a new challenge

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



NEW HAVEN — Burlington-based Cross Pollination Inc. reached a major milestone toward its proposed 2.2 megawatt solar power project off Route 7 in New Haven when on July 8 the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) issued a certificate of public good.

But New Haven resident John Madden, saying the project would ruin the aesthetics of the region, asked the PSB to reconsider or alter its July 8 order. Within 10 days that a certificate of public good is issued, there is a window for individuals to file a motion of reconsideration.

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Middlebury solar array eyed

Posted on July 4, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has unanimously endorsed a proposal to install a 650-panel, 150-kilowatt solar array project on municipal land behind the local police headquarters on Lucius Shaw Lane. Organizers hope to be producing energy by the end of the year.

The project, being spearheaded by the Acorn Energy Co-op, would generate an estimated 172,500 kWh of electricity each year — enough to provide electricity to 30 average-sized homes, according to organizers.

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New law could energize solar power

Posted on June 2, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



VERMONT — Renewable energy advocates hope that a new law signed last week by Gov. Peter Shumlin will lead to a surge of solar power in the state’s energy grid. 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.

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Fire shuts down college biomass plant

Posted on May 19, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — A Monday morning fire at the Middlebury College biomass plant has forced the facility offline until repairs can be made.

College officials have determined that the fire began around 7 a.m., and fire crews from Middlebury and Cornwall arrived on scene soon afterward. Crews quickly concentrated the fire to one location within the building, extinguished the flames, and left the scene at about 9:30 a.m. No one was injured in the fire, and employees who had been evacuated from surrounding buildings were allowed to return to work.

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Natural gas plan wins fans

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday joined several prominent local businesses in supporting the efforts of Vermont Gas System (VGS) to secure financing to extend a natural gas pipeline into Addison County.

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Blittersdorf discusses our energy future

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



Vermont born and bred entrepreneur David Blittersdorf is lighting up the renewable energy industry and building a solar platform to track the future.

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Starksboro aims to expand solar knowledge

Posted on May 12, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



 

STARKSBORO — The Vermont Clean Energy Action Network, in conjunction with the Vermont Natural Resources Council, recently awarded the Starksboro Town Energy Committee a $1,600 grant to improve renewable energy education resources and create websites for the 19 solar trackers powering Robinson Elementary School and the six trackers feeding the town offices.

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