Local Solar Movement Spurs Company Expansion and Innovation

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Deepening their commitment to repowering Vermont with clean energy, SunCommon, of Waterbury, expanded this year by offering new solar options to meet both residential and commercial business needs. SunCommon recently introduced solar home energy storage, a small business solar program and a new innovation allowing Vermonters to go solar over their driveway, parking lot, patio or create a functional outdoor space with a beautiful, timber frame structure called the Solar Canopy. 

While innovating new programs and products, SunCommon expanded its executive leadership team. Tom Berry joins SunCommon as the new VP of Marketing and Sales and Jim Merriam as VP of Operations. The duo, with strong backgrounds in high-growth industries, is leading the energy company through the launch of these innovative products and programs to help thousands more Vermonters go solar.

“I want to ride the wave. Businesses that are at the forefront of a particular service or product present great opportunity for higher impact. SunCommon is focused on solving tomorrow’s energy issues and that mission fosters innovation,” said Jim Merriam, formerly of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC).

“SunCommon is becoming one of those iconic Vermont brands,” said Tom Berry. “I join high-growth companies because of the entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to be on the cutting edge,” said Berry. “I work to inspire change and SunCommon is trailblazing with a strong Vermont mission.

SunCommon is the state’s solar leader having now helped 3,000 Vermont households. While 1 out of every 100 Vermont homes has gone solar with SunCommon, the company sought to offer the same no upfront cost program to fellow local businesses.

“As our business grows we’re mindful of our impact on the environment, our community and our finances,” said Adam Hausmann, owner of Adam’s Berry Farm. “Our farm has a number of energy hogs so we’re thrilled our solar array covers 100% of our farm’s needs and a good portion of our home energy needs, too. From design to install, very little effort was needed from me to get this project going. As a small business owner I appreciated the simplicity and ease of going solar with SunCommon. Their process allowed me to keep my focus on my business and my customers.”

Vermont businesses go solar not only for environmental and financial benefit, but as a way to market to an engaged consumer. “Going solar is a conversation starter with our customers,” said Bill Beanland of Vermont Bedrooms. “Vermonters that are excited or curious about solar will be more likely to walk into our business. Our rooftop array is very visible and shows our commitment to producing our own local, clean energy. That sort of exposure is tremendous.”

Want to see solar in action?
Swing by SunCommon’s new headquarters in Waterbury and say hello! The solar-powered office building is the state’s largest net-positive office meaning it produces more power than it uses. Electric vehicles recharge at one of the two Solar Canopies on site. And with no furnace needed, the building is instead heated and cooled using innovative heat pump technology. 

442 US-2, Waterbury, VT 05676



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