Encore Renewable Energy's Magee Hill in Hinesburg. VEC photo.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) recently announced the opening of two new VEC Co-op Community Solar projects. The commissioning of the two solar projects - one in Hinesburg and one in Grand Isle - caps a two-year VEC effort to install long-term, cost-effective, solar arrays in three locations in VEC territory. The 1.3 megawatt Hinesburg project was developed by Encore Renewable Energy and the 4.9 megawatt Grand Isle project was developed by Bullrock Corporation. These projects build on the successful deployment of VEC’s first one-megawatt project in Alburgh, also developed with Encore Renewable Energy.
The three projects are expected to generate about 11,000 megawatt-hours annually, the equivalent of about 1,700 homes’ average usage. Combined with other renewable resources, these projects will generate enough energy for VEC to meet its in-state renewable energy requirements through 2024.
“It’s great to have all three of these projects up and running, delivering more renewable energy onto the grid,” said Christine Hallquist, chief executive officer of VEC. “This is an important accomplishment in helping us bring clean and cost-effective electricity to our members over the coming years.”
The three arrays are part of VEC’s Co-op Community Solar program, which enables VEC members to support solar without installing an array on their own property. Participants make an upfront payment to sponsor panels for 10 or 20 years and receive bill credits back over the course of the sponsorship.
Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), established in 1938, is a non-profit, member-owned electric distribution utility that provides safe, affordable, and reliable electric service to approximately 32,000 members in 75 communities in northern Vermont. Nationally recognized for innovative and advanced use of technology, VEC is the largest locally-owned electric distribution utility in Vermont.
Source: VEC 1.11.2018