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PV America Award

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PV America Award

On Monday we were recognized by PV America as having a “Project of Distinction”. This project is the Vermont Community Solar project in Brattleboro, VT: Soveren Community Solar 1. It was recognized for its dedication to local labor and financing, as well as its working relationship with two organizations in Brattleboro, the Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center and Brattleboro Savings & Loan. Without the support of these organizations, this project would not have been possible. Also, thank you to PV America for the chance to bring Vermont Community Solar to a wider audience.                   Read the Press Release here....

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Welcome to the party CA!

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Welcome to the party CA!

UT San Diego just published an article announcing that California utilities will begin providing the community solar option to residents. This is due to a new program authorization approved yesterday. San Diego Gas and Electric is opening up options for participation in a few solar installations around the city. According to this article, Solar power shines on apartments; renters in California, the San Diego community solar billing system will be set up much like ours in the Green Mountain Power utility in VT. Participants can get up to 100% of their electricity covered by solar, and receive credit from their solar portfolio on their utility bill. There was some skepticism brought up by Mike Florio, the CA state utilities commissioner. He thinks that renters wont bite. Another trepidation, is the complexity of group net metered billing. From our understanding, it takes quite a bit of time for our dear friends in the utility billing department to set up credit for Vermont Community Solar Participants. This is especially true with the rising number of participants -let’s hope they get some reliable assistants soon! However, with community solar on the rise, and more and more people opting out of electricity from fossil fuels, it is an inevitable that renters, home owners and businesses will search out cleaner, more energy efficient options. In turn, we will find more efficient ways to bill group net metered solar. These issues are not games stoppers, and for CA they will be a cake walk. With such a high population, there is no reason that community solar will not be a hit. Welcome to the party California! We can’t wait to see how this turns out.   Below are maps of net metering policies by state. This information was found at the National Conference of State Legislatures website. Click here for more information on Net Metering policies throughout the...

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Community Solar for Businesses

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Community Solar for Businesses

Vermont Community Solar is now offering businesses the opportunity to purchase capacity in group net metered solar farms in southern Vermont. Capacity in these solar farms is available to any business that is served by Green Mountain Power legacy. Ideal candidates will have the ability to take advantage of federal and state tax credits, and have at least $130/month in electricity expenses. The solar farm pictured above is located in a field owned by the Scholl family, 1¼ miles north of the Putney General Store on Rt. 5. The site has been secured through a 50-year land lease agreement, which will remain intact in the event the land changes hands. Soveren Solar is the developer and installer of the Scholl Solar Farm, and provides the ongoing operations and maintenance of the facility. In addition, Soveren Solar serves as the group administrator, handling all group billing and administrative duties. Businesses who purchase capacity in a Vermont Community Solar Project will become owners of specific solar equipment, and members of the larger net-metering group. The electricity produced by the solar farm will be metered by Green Mountain Power, and net metering credits will be assigned to each group member in proportion to their ownership stake in the solar farm. Prospective member-owners of Vermont Community Solar Projects should be: Located in Green Mountain Power’s utility service territory Includes heritage CVPS customers Must be in good standing with GMP regarding on time payment of bills Able to use commercial tax incentives Business must be registered as a corporation or other acceptable taxable entity Possess federal and state tax liability in order to benefit from tax incentives Committed to working cooperatively with the group of owners Willing to pay share of land lease, taxes, and maintenance costs Net metering credits from these systems may be applied to any utility bill in Green Mountain Power utility service territory. Participants in Vermont Community Solar can be either commercial or residential. However the incentives for commercial participants are significantly higher. Ownership in the solar farm may be sold or transferred at any time. An average system size is 6kW, which will produce an average monthly net metering credit of ~ $130. Capacity in these systems are available on a first-come first-serve basis until the entire project is reserved. Soveren Solar will provide a waiting list for businesses interested in purchasing capacity at a future sites. Soveren Solar is pleased to offer area businesses the opportunity to purchase capacity in an offsite solar farm. Offsite solar preserves all the same ownership and tax benefits as onsite solar, and is an attractive option for any business with an electric bill, a tax bill, and nowhere to put a solar system.   Scholl Solar Farm: Solar Array Layout   Locals know to look for Gary Scholl’s playful and encouraging messages, which he mows into field each summer. In 2012, Gary mowed “PLAY ON.”  [UPDATE: 10/8/14 This array has been installed and all capacity in the system has been sold. Soveren Solar has built three more Vermont Community Solar projects this past summer and is looking for residential and commercial participants. If you are interested in being part of one of these projects, please get in...

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