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“Coals to New Castle” No More

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“Coals to New Castle” No More

With pride and sadness the workers of the last coal mine in Britain took their last shift on Friday the 19th.  The history of the coal industry in Britain is well known as booming at the beginning of the 20th century.  As new forms of energy generation were invested in, the industry began to collapse.  Now, with the policies emphasizing the importance of renewable energy and the need to move away from coal and other fossil fuels, the industry has now moved to museums (the last load of coal from the mine was headed to display). This means a tremendous change in many communities which were centered around the coal industry.  In the larger picture, this closure is truly a landmark of progress.  The closure of the mine heralds a new era of energy in which renewables lead the way.  For more information, find the whole article...

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“Every 3 Minutes Another Home or Business in America Goes Solar” -President Barack Obama

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“Every 3 Minutes Another Home or Business in America Goes Solar” -President Barack Obama

Last night at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, President Obama stated that “every three minutes another home or business in America goes solar.” He also states that in the past six years the U.S. federal government has approved 34 commercial solar projects along with the infrastructure to transmit. In Nevada the government has cut the time it takes to permit a solar project in half. President Obama also said that “last year the solar industry added jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the economy…the solar industry employs twice as many Americans as mining coal.” To hear President Obama’s whole speech at the Clean Energy Summit...

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East Hill Rd Community Solar NOW ONLINE!

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East Hill Rd Community Solar NOW ONLINE!

We are very excited to announce that East Hill Rd Community Solar in Townshend, VT is now online. Throughout the day on Friday I was getting updates of more and more inverters coming online. By the end of the day, we were fully online and producing electricity. Just in time for the Summer Solstice! Below you can see the GMP crew working hard to connect the project to the grid.We can’t thank our crew enough for their hard work. We also want to thank our participants for their patience. This is our first Vermont Community Solar project that was sold out before completion! This means that the interest is building. We are incredibly grateful for this outpouring of community support. We are proud to be the Community Solar installer for Solarize Dummerston. With this we are on our way to filing our next project which is in the works. As things develop, we will send out updates. Thanks again for the support and Happy Summer!Don’t forget to come out to our Brattleboro site at the VABEC field (8 University Way) for a ribbon cutting Tuesday June 23rd (tomorrow) at 5pm with Governor Peter...

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Grid-tied renewable energy sources are reliable at high levels–as proven in Texas and Colorado

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“As seen in Texas and Colorado, renewable energy resources are already being integrated into the power grid at ever higher levels based on price and performance, and utilities and grid operators have shown they can manage variable resources without impacting reliability.” To read the full article click here.

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Is it possible for the U.S. to be 100% renewable by 2050? Scientists say yes!

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Is it possible for the U.S. to be 100% renewable by 2050? Scientists say yes!

According to researchers, the United States could run entirely on renewables in the not-so-far future. A team of scientists from Stanford University has stated that “the U.S. can go 100% renewable if everything- homes, cars, factories, etc., runs on electricity.” They believe this can happen in the next 35 years. The full article is available at The Green...

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93 Million Miles Away is Still Local- by Tom Martyn

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93 Million Miles Away is Still Local- by Tom Martyn

    A recent article written by Tom Martyn from Brattleboro Savings & Loan titled 93 Million Miles Away is Still Local was published in the June issue of Business Monadnock. The article talks about the BS&L purchase of 546 photovoltaic panels to supply 100% of their electric energy usage. In the article Martyn states that “solar energy is like interest on a bank account–it’s current income, which can be spent without touching the principle.” He also acknowledges Soveren Solar’s role as employing “local, good-paying jobs for folks who live here, shop here and help this region to maintain its vitality.” To read the full article click on the highlighted title...

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