Vermont Utility Gets Busy With Solar

Recently, the Green Mountain State has gone even greener, as Green Mountain Power (GMP) of Colchester, Vermont, reports that it recently flipped the switch on three new solar projects. This brings the utility’s total solar installations to five, exceeding GMP’s ambitious goal of installing (and helping its customers to install) 10,000 solar panels in 1,000 days.

Those installations include the following GMP-owned projects: a 150 kilowatt (kw) system at Shelburne Farms (530 solar panels), a 138 kw system at the GMP Montpelier Service Center’s rooftop (616 panels), a 200 kw solar array installation at the company’s Berlin facility (currently the largest in the state, with 952 panels), a 58-kilowatt system at its Westminster Service Center (308 panels), and a 4-kilowatt solar array for its Colchester headquarters, which powers its two plug-in hybrid vehicles (20 panels). The three new projects–Shelburne Farms, Montpelier Service Center, and the Berlin array–were designed and installed by Alteris Renewables, Inc., of Montpelier.

Green Mountain Solar Plant

image via Green Mountain Power

The number of GMP customers who have installed solar has more than quadrupled since the beginning of 2009.  By combining its own solar resources with those of its customers, GMP seeks to reduce Vermont’s overall carbon footprint though the deployment of more renewable generation.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.