solar array


THE ACORN ENERGY Co-op hopes to build a 500 kW solar array on the site of the former Bristol landfill. In this Google Earth image, the blue lines represent the co-op’s proposed layout of the array’s 1,862 solar panels. Image by Google Earth/Acorn Energy Co-op
04/02/2020
BRISTOL — The Acorn Energy Co-op, which has successfully completed two community solar projects in Addison County, believes it has identified a great site for a third: the former Bristol landfill. If given the green light, the 500 kilowatt project would consist of 1,862 solar panels, 400 watts each, and cover slightly more than 2 acres, according to the Co-op’s proposal. “This (sort of array) would be helpful for residents who either don’t have a roof that faces anywhere near south, or have trees blocking or for whatever reason,” said Co-op board member Richard Carpenter, who gave a...

DANIEL COOPERIDER, Interfaith Climate Action Network; Lee Dowgiewicz, Co-op Insurance; Ben Marks, Acorn Energy Co-op board; Peter Lynch, Shoreham selectboard; Edwina Ho, landowner; and Nils Behn of Aegis cut the ribbon of Acorn Energy’s new solar array in Shoreham this past Saturday. Photo/Greg Pahl
03/19/2020
SHOREHAM — After years of delays, the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Acorn Energy Solar 2 (AES2), the community solar project developed by the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op of Middlebury, was held on Saturday, March 14, at 869 Watch Point Road in Shoreham. In addition to a large number of individual project participants and supporters, the ceremony was attended by representatives of the four main participating groups: Co-operative Insurance Companies of Middlebury, the Town of Shoreham, the Acorn Energy Co-op of Middlebury, and the Addison County Interfaith Climate Action Network (ICAN). ICAN is...
01/02/2020
I was pleased to see that both the Middlebury Planning Commission and selectboard have approved Middlebury College’s proposal for a solar array on South Street Extension. The Planning Commission gave its approval on condition that the college improve the visual screening and provide recreational access to the site. The college has agreed to these conditions. This array is a vital part of the college’s ambitious ten-year plan to free itself from carbon fuel dependence for heat and energy.  It’s an important step in reducing our area’s contribution to climate-changing carbon emissions. I was...
12/26/2019
A note per the airing of the 30 acre solar project in the middle of a field off of South Street Extension:  This site is by far the least expensive site when it comes to neighbors and the number of folks that might see it if they were not heading out South Street Extension. If Middlebury College really wanted to get as much PR out of this project as possible they would do something that integrated solar with their campus. This would include buildings, solar parking canopies and solar that could be seen from campus.  This could then be something that could be shown off to visitors and...
12/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted 5-2 to endorse a controversial, 5-megawatt solar farm pitched for Middlebury College-owned land off South Street Extension, a project that will soon be reviewed by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC). David Provost, the college’s vice president for finance and administration, voiced gratitude for the board’s endorsement and announced the institution is willing to work with the town on a long-range plan that would identify future sites for town-gown renewable energy collaborations. “We’re committed to a long-term strategy in...
12/19/2019
I normally read Greg Dennis’s opinion pieces with a wry smile, impressed by his ability to poke fun both at himself and others in a light manner. But not this time. Yes, partly it was because Greg in the guest editorial in Monday’s newspaper was skewering me and mine who oppose the development of college-owned land on South Street Extension for solar collection. But partly it was because this article was lopsided, mean-spirited ridicule of those who disagree with him. We could debate whether this is “greatly needed.” We could debate whether we are “small.” But what is not debatable is that we...
12/16/2019
It’s the season of joy and light. And among the most heartening local developments this year has been the proposal for a greatly needed solar energy field off South Street Extension in Middlebury.  Yet a small, vocal group of people warn us that we should see solar energy as dark and foreboding — if we can even actually see the carefully screened solar panels in the distance. These doomsayers claim that clean, green, locally produced energy might in fact destroy our local landscape. Maybe it’s better that we get our energy from “some other place,” such as fracked gas that releases dangerous...

THIS GRAPHIC SHOWS the proposed layout of a 5-megawatt solar array that would be developed by Encore Renewable Energy on land in Middlebury owned by Middlebury College. The solar panels would occupy approximately 30 acres to the south and west of South Street Extension; the Eddy Horse Farm is just to the east of the array. Graphic courtesy of Encore Renewable Energy
12/12/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Dec. 17 will decide whether to endorse the proposed location of a 5-megawatt solar farm off South Street Extension, a plan that has generated considerable opposition from neighbors and those who routinely walk the scenic stretch near the Eddy Farm for Horse & Rider. Around a dozen people showed up at the selectboard meeting this past Tuesday evening to give the panel food for thought in coming to a decision on the solar farm, which would be developed by Encore Renewable Energy on land owned by Middlebury College. The board listened intently to...
12/09/2019
Has any consideration been given to siting the prospective solar array on the Middlebury College golf course? Think about the benefits for the environment — no more constant mowing, which pollutes our air half of the year, and no more pesticide and fertilizer damage to Mother Earth. South Street Extension residents will be happier because only the college, which benefits from this solar farm, would be able to see it. Then Middlebury College can purchase Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon. Combining the two clubs there could make a money-making venture while cutting the environmental impact almost...
11/25/2019
As a geology professor at Middlebury College I am proud to be involved with the “Energy2028” initiative that seeks to switch entirely to renewable energy and reduce overall energy consumption at the college by 25 percent. A major part of reaching 100 percent renewable energy is the 5 MW solar array being developed by Encore Renewable Energy on 28 acres of college land located between South Street Extension and Route 30. The originally proposed site was nearly perfect; situated in a broad valley with mature trees to the east and west; the vast tract of steel and silicon would have been well...

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