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Brattleboro Climate Change Economy Forum

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Brattleboro Climate Change Economy Forum

Brattleboro Forum to Explore Next Steps for Vermont’s Climate Change Economy Area businesses and nonprofits are addressing climate change – both its challenges and opportunities. Their creative solutions are a growing part of our state’s economy. What are your experiences? Do you have ideas that can help nurture this sector in Vermont? Join Adam Grinold of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corp. and local business leaders for a forum on What’s Next for Vermont’s Climate Change Economy? The forum will take place on October 6thfrom 7-9pm at the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro. Panelists will include Peter Yost, Vice President of BuildingGreen, Inc; Orley Munzing Founder and Executive Director of Strolling of the Heifers; and Bob Stevens, President of Stevens & Associates, P.C. Everyone is encouraged to attend, listen, and share ideas. This discussion, produced by The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is the next step for public input to the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council, a group working to develop a practical plan to reduce carbon emissions and stimulate economic development in Vermont. To learn more about the forum and the Council visit VCRD’s website at www.vtrural.org or download the event flyer (pdf), or call Jenna at 802-225-6091. The Vermont Council on Rural Development is a non-profit organization charged by the federal farm bill to act as a neutral convener at both the local and policy level supporting the progress of Vermont communities.   Jenna Whitson Community and Policy Senior Associate Vermont Council on Rural...

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Sanders letter

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Sanders letter

“With the help of Soveren and other partners, Brattleboro Savings & Loan is showing how solar can be a real investment, both in our communities and in our clean energy future” -Sen. Bernie...

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Gov. Shumlin at Soveren Community Solar I

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This afternoon VT Gov. Peter Shumlin will be saying a few short words at a “ribbon cutting” at our Brattleboro community solar site. Where: VABEC field at 8 University Way Brattleboro, VT 05301 When: 5pm Today June 23rd This event is being put on by Brattleboro Savings & Loan. This local bank is a participant in our Vermont Community Solar project. We are very happy to welcome the governor to our solar field, and hope to see some of our other participants there!

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Soveren Community Solar I

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Soveren Community Solar I

Providing power to six residence and three business since October 14th, this 150kW Vermont Community Solar project is Soveren’s fifth installation of its kind. UPDATE 11/11/14: This VCS site has filled up. Thank you for your interest. To reserve panels in our next project please call 802-869-2500 or e-mail vcs(at)soverensolar(dot)com UPDATE 3/12/15: On Monday in Boston, PV America awarded Soveren Community Solar 1, a project of distinction...

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Brattleboro Schools Go Solar

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A GOOD DAY FOR SOLAR! The Brattleboro Town School District has signed a solar Net Metering Credit Purchase Agreement with Soveren Solar that will save the schools 10% on their electricity bills. Soveren Solar is developing the 500 kW solar farm, which will generate approximately $130,000 in net metering credits per year. The net metering credits will be applied to the Brattleboro Schools electricity bills, and the School District will purchase the credits for 90% of their value, resulting in estimated annual savings of $13,000. The solar farm will be located in Westminster, VT and will be interconnected to Green Mountain Power’s utility grid. The Brattleboro schools will form a net metering group, which will allow the net metering credits generated by the solar farm to offset the charges for the schools electricity consumption. In addition to immediate savings of 10% on electricity, the value of the net metering credits will increase in parallel with electricity rates, protecting the schools from rising electricity costs. The solar farm will be owned by an investor group that will be able to take advantage of the tax incentives available for solar. The tax incentives, which are not available to the School District as a non-taxed entity, are instrumental to reducing the net cost of the solar farm, and providing the schools with a 10% discount on the purchase of the net metering credits. The Brattleboro School District will not be an owner of the solar farm, and is not responsible for any aspect of its financing, operations or maintenance. The net metering credit purchase agreement is set for a term of 20 years, with an option for the School District to purchase the solar farm at fair market value after 7 years. Soveren Solar has begun the permitting process for the solar farm by submitting applications for utility interconnection and a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Service Board. The permitting process is expected to take approximately 6 months to complete, and installation is expected to take approximately 3 months. The goal is to have the solar farm completed by the end of 2013. Once the solar farm is completed, Brattleboro Schools will have the ability to monitor the electricity production data in real time through a web portal, which will provide valuable learning opportunities. Soveren Solar is very pleased to announce this exciting agreement with the Brattleboro Town School District. The solar farm will expand the role of renewable energy in Windham County, reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil fuel electricity generation, stimulate the local economy, save the School District money, and provide exciting learning opportunities for students. Soveren Solar is a local solar installation and development company based in Westminster West, with more than 30 solar installations operating in Windham County. In 2012 Soveren Solar entered into a net metering credit purchase agreement with the Grammar School in Putney, VT that allowed the school to build a 52 kW solar farm. Soveren Solar is proud to provide solar development strategies that have allowed many area farms, and non-taxable entities such as schools and municipalities the opportunity to Go Solar! Update: 3/27/13 This great news was covered in The Commons. The article can be read here or downloaded here:Commons-3-27-13-brattleboro-school-board-solar-soveren. Update This was also covered in the Brattleboro Reformer. The article can be read...

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