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Sun fuels Shoreham orchard's operations, not just its apples

Posted on October 13, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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SHOREHAM — “A farmer is always trying to figure out how to be independent,” said Shoreham orchardist Bill Suhr.

For Suhr, co-owner with wife, Andrea Scott, of Champlain Orchards, the foundation of that independence rests on sustainable energy.

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Bristol store basking in glow of new solar array

Posted on May 9, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Bristol Beverage and Redemption Center is now catching some rays — 24.795 kW worth, to be exact.

With 87 roof-mounted solar panels installed in mid-April (plus two heat pumps), owner Adam LaPerle expects to cut his electricity bill in half and to eliminate the use of propane-based heating in his retail space entirely.

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500kW solar array in Brandon gets state approval

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The town of Brandon has received a Certificate of Public Good for a 500-kilowatt, net metering solar array located in the town industrial park.

The Public Service Board, which authorizes and regulates all power-generating projects in Vermont, issued the required CPG for the Brandon array on March 17.

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Spread of solar linked to state energy plan update

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — A critical update to Vermont's Comprehensive Energy Plan, due to the Legislature by Jan. 1, offers some provocative numbers that paint an intriguing image of what the Green Mountain State could look like in 35 years.

For instance, to meet the goal for renewable energy generation, as many as 13,000 more acres of solar arrays would have to be raised across the Vermont landscape (that equals about 1 percent of all Vermont land currently in farming or a little less than one-quarter of 1 percent of all land in Vermont).

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Opinion: Pointing out inaccuracies in solar opinion piece

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By Duane Peterson



We understand that folks can have preferences over the use of property owned by their neighbors. But facts do matter. In a recent opinion piece (“Solar energy projects should be done properly” Nov. 9, 2015), the Rev. Dr. Stephanie Allen made assertions that are not true about her neighbor’s pursuit of a Community Solar Array.

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Editorial: Disconnect between solar industry, neighbors widents

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Put yourself in this scenario: Two years ago you buy a home in rural Addison County with scenic views to the west overlooking farm land to the Adirondacks. You buy in Vermont because you value its traditions of local control and its emphasis on maintaining an environmental and scenic aesthetic.

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Two new solar arrays sited on Panton farm

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Two new 500-kilowatt solar arrays are being proposed in Panton, both on land owned by the Vorsteveld Farm.

Green Lantern Group Director of Project Development Sam Carlson met with the Panton selectboard on Oct. 27 to give board members a heads-up on the company’s plans for the proposed arrays, one off Panton Road across from Basin Harbor Road, and one across Jersey Street from the main Vorsteveld barn.

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Another solar array proposed for Ferrisburgh

Posted on October 26, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard and more than a dozen town residents at a meeting last week heard from a company that is proposing the latest solar power project in the town, a 500-kilowatt array near the intersection of Basin Harbor and Button Bay roads.

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GMP plans one of its biggest projects for northern Panton

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Green Mountain Power is proposing to install and operate an $11 million, 4.99-megawatt solar farm in Panton. The project would be more than twice the size of the largest existing Addison County arrays and is also as large as any such venture GMP is proposing in Vermont.

The site proposed is 40 acres of a 327-acre parcel that is part of Panton’s largest dairy operation, the Vorsteveld Farm. The site lies in the town’s north end, between Panton Road and the Ferrisburgh town line, east of Jersey Street and west of Slang Creek.

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Supreme Court sends Basin Harbor array back to PSB

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — An opponent of Basin Harbor Club’s 150-kilowatt solar array last week won a Vermont Supreme Court decision against the Public Service Board.

However, the decision addressed procedure, not the issues at the heart of the case, such as the array’s impact on the lakefront neighborhood.

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