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It’s Spring!

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It’s Spring!

It’s spring everyone! The 20th was the Equinox and you know what that means: panels tilt to their summer angle!  If you have your own array make sure you don’t forget to change the tilt! Soak up the sun, enjoy the new life sprouting everywhere, and listen to the birds happily chirping.  Even though it wasn’t a hard winter to endure, there’s always something magical and exciting about the beginning of...

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A great way to cut emissoins

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A great way to cut emissoins

Norway announced last week that the country will invest $923 million to create 10 broad, two lane, cross country bicycle highways in and around Norway’s nine largest cities. A key component of the plan is to slash Norway’s transportation emissions by 50%.  According to CityLab, the new bikeways will  link the 9 cities to the outer suburbs, extending the protected bicycle network outward from urban cores through the commuter belt and into the countryside beyond. By expanding safe bike transit, biking will be a better option for many and has the potential to not only cut emissions, but also foster a healthy population with longer life expectancy.  On my part, I wish Vermont and the US would consider this!  Vermont’s leading emissions sector is transportation.  If we could find a way to make biking feel like a truly pragmatic and safe alternative to driving, we too could be facing cuts in emissions. It is speculated in the article that, because of Norway’s hilly terrain, that the electric bike business will see a surge.  Imagine if those bikes were powered by community solar or solar powered houses? What a great impact.  Let’s keep finding solutions!  Read the article...

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We think panels are beautiful– and apparently you do too!

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We think panels are beautiful– and apparently you do too!

A poll in Vermont found the 75% of the population would like to see more solar energy generation in their communities.  Here’s how the votes broke down by party: “Vermont Democrats, at 87 percent, Independents at 65 percent, and Republicans at 56 percent all supported development of more solar facilities in their own towns, according to the poll, which was conducted by Renewable Energy Vermont, an industry association for wind and solar developers.” (Vermont Digger).  This is wonderful news for our progressive state– the populace is in favor of continuing to be a leader in the renewable energy field.   We are happy to be a part of this movement! Stay sunny,...

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A meditation on “Ten Words for Rain”

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A meditation on “Ten Words for Rain”

The stories are the same across the world from here in Vermont to a remote farm in Southern India.  Though the ecosystems, cultures, belief systems, and styles of living are seemingly worlds apart, we hear these stories with an echoing motif: things are not as familiar as they were.  In this beautiful article written about an elderly couple in India they describe the 10 types of rain everyone in the region knew and could count on.  Except now, there is a disconcerting epilogue; a feeling of disorientation when the pattern subtly and surely changes. Reading the article reminded me instantly of an afternoon in my elderly neighbors‘ kitchen.  I have know the elderly couple my whole life.  I knew them as one of the two places to go trick-or-treating around my house without having to hike for more than a mile as a child.  As I grew, I came to marvel at their ability to still be hauling in their own hay for their cows and horses, and saddened to see arthrites’s crippling grip on an older body.  To me, this couple is the epitome of Vermont.  This afternoon in the kitchen where you could always count on having a good chat, the elderly couple were talking about the seasons and haying.  Soon climate change came to the surface of the conversation.  Bob scoffed and said “‘Course it’s not real!” with a subtle eye roll then the couple proceeded to describe all they changes they had seen even from that kitchen’s window. This is why I find the drive to study Climate Change and to find, create, and invest in solutions.  It truly is a global issue which impacts every corner of the earth and every person.  Most people can contribute their own personal story like this.  How can we band together and create a resilient future? I am hopeful and sure that we can. Link to the article. Photo cred: Peter...

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Stickney Brook Community Solar

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Stickney Brook Community Solar

Introducing Stickney Brook Community Solar in Dummerston, VT. There is still availability in this project. Call 802-387-5517 for a proposal.  ...

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Talking about RECs

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I don’t know if you, the reader, have noticed or been involved or effected by the debate centering around RECs and community solar companies, but it has been on the forefront of our minds for a few weeks now.  As with any true debate, there are heightened feelings on both sides.  As a business, Soveren Solar is in compliance with the Attorney General’s Guidelines, and we offer the option to retire RECs has always been, and continues to be, open.  What is difficult to manage is the confusion it has led to with our customers who we have, from the start, only looked to help.  It is difficult to read articles in the press about how businesses involved in community solar are slanderous, double-crossing, and falsely advertising renewable energy.  It was just as shocking to us as to our customers to see this.  After days of frantically searching our documents and websites to make absolutely sure the wording was safe while managing confused call ins, it was difficult not to respond to the accusations. Recently I read an article that discusses the subject with calm judgement and practicality.  It is easy to read, not filled with jargon, and explains RECs and community solar very well.  It is important to note that participants in community solar have invested in solar and are the reason solar electricity in the VT grid is growing and for that, we thank you.  Please read the article here and know that businesses like our own were created as a  tool for Vermonters to invest in and be a part of the energy transition.  They were created out of hope; not malicious intent....

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