Posts Tagged "Soveren Solar"

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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Selling out already!

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Selling out already!

Construction is again underway in Townshend on another Vermont Community Solar project. Over the winter we drummed up enough interest and support that we are happy to announce this project is already selling out! We could not do this without our local community support. This includes our invaluable Soveren Team that go above and beyond to make these projects possible, our participants who are willing to take a chance on our unique program, and the good old fashioned word of mouth buzz that keeps the wheels turning in any small VT business. We are blessed to be able to continue this work for another installation season. There are many irons in the fire and we are continuously working towards a cleaner, more resilient Vermont. If you have any questions about what we are doing at Soveren or any of our up coming projects, please contact us at info(at)soverensolar(dot)com or use the Contact page. You can also call and talk to a real person at (802) 869-2500. Happy May day!  ...

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State of Solar 2015

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State of Solar 2015

In last nights State of the Union address, President Barak Obama laid it all out. It was clear that he is unwilling to make compromises if they undermine the progress we have made. That progress is evident in the fact that, “Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008…there are also millions of Americans who work in jobs that didn’t even exist ten or twenty years ago…” This speaks directly to the solar industry and the incredible momentum it has gained in the past few years. With this success under our belt, we must look to the future and secure it. Part of that security will be found in renewing the 30% Solar Investment Tax Credit that is set to expire at the end of 2016. This brilliant policy has supported the growth Obama eluded to in his speech and in turn the millions of new jobs that have been made in this booming industry. Obama went on to say that, “21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. Let’s pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than thirty times as many jobs per year, and make this country stronger for decades to come.” This will only happen if it is supported by the voters and the voters pocket books. We have to continue to prove that laws like the Solar Investment Tax Credit work. This type of restructuring goes beyond party lines to the people and even the Department of Defense. “The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.” There is nothing clearer than the most powerful military in the world saying that the biggest threat we face, is our own addiction to fossil fuels. I paraphrase, but the risks are there. Let’s make sure the incentives stay as well. Before Obama concluded he mentioned that, “In Beijing, we made an historic announcement — the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got.” These are necessary baby steps to get everyone on the same page. However, as citizens we don’t need to convince foreign leaders of growing economies, to limit their emissions. We need to put our money where our mouth is and support the development of a new infrastructure that does not continue to threaten our future, but supports it. Read the whole speech transcript here...

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Reserve your panels before Christmas!

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14th November, 1014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vermont Community Solar Putney, VT   Vermont utilities pay a premium for clean energy. After December 31st this premium is going down 2cents per kWh. Because of this, photovoltaic (PV) panels purchased this year will produce about 10% more solar credit than panels purchased in 2015. Vermont Community Solar is a new project developed by a Putney based solar installation company Soveren Solar. This project allows anyone to buy PV Panels in a solar array and receive credit on their Green Mountain Power bill. A perfect site or a south-facing roof is no longer necessary to enjoy the benefits of solar energy. Soveren Solar will preserve the higher rate of return for people who have paid in full and signed up to participate in a Vermont Community Solar project by December 25th. This is a perfect opportunity to get in under the wire and preserve a higher rate of return for your PV purchase. Since 2010, Soveren Solar has been installing PV in southern VT with a recent focus on community Solar. Through Vermont Community Solar, over 100 more households and business are using solar power this year.   For more information, call 802-869-2500 or e-mail...

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Locally Owned Solar Creating more Jobs

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Locally Owned Solar Creating more Jobs

After 4 years in Business, Soveren is looking at how we impact our community. A November 8th article from the San Diego Press discussed the higher rate of job creation by locally owned clean energy companies. Based on a report by the Institute for Local Self Reliance, John Farrell spells out the striking difference between locally owned and absentee owned energy production.  Based on the graphic here, locally owned projects bring in on average twice as many jobs as absentee owned projects. The elements of a project that determines job creation is size, location, materials and labor used. If the project is locally owned there is a higher chance that it will use local materials and labor, as well as benefit local shareholders and investors. If a company from out of state were to install a project in southern VT, they would import the developers, investors and probably even the installers. Only a few subcontractors would be hired. Because Soveren is a locally based company, we develop our projects right here, hire local labor, and invest in the local economy. Those who participate in our projects live here in VT and reap the benefits, sinking their savings right back into the local community. It is a structure that benefits all involved without outsourcing or importing any major investments. We support local manufacturers as much as possible, hire people from the area, sell to people from the area, and support local banks and credit unions, triggering a market based approach to climate change and self reliance. We keep our rates as low as possible, while providing VCS participants with the best PV technology the market can provide. With an insulated approach to community solar, VCS ensures its participants a stable and clean source of energy. All this while building the green collar work force and feeding the local economy. At this point taking fossil fuels out of commission is only a bonus. But isn’t that why we are doing this, to preserve our future? We don’t just want to preserve a future, we want to build a clean and prosperous...

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