150+ Businesses & Institutions Urge Support for Renewable Energy and VT Net-Metering Rule Improvements
More than 150 local businesses and institutions ranging from farms and credit unions, to hotels, main street shops, manufacturers, and solar companies urge support for renewable energy and maintaining Vermont’s strong net metering program. The net metering program is currently in the final stages of being revised by the Public Service Board.
2nd Annual Celebrate Solar a Great Success!
Beneath bluebird skies, Vermonters strolled sun-soaked solar farms and toured solar-powered homes during the 2nd annual Celebrate Solar Tours on Saturday. Like open sugarhouse weekend in the spring and open art studio weekend in the fall, Celebrate Solar Tours gave Vermonters the opportunity to get an up-close view of solar systems, learn how they work and the story behind improving our energy future with the sun.
Gov. Shumlin Signs S.260 (Energy Development Improvement Act) Into Law
Governor Peter Shumlin today signed S. 260, a bill designed to improve regional and town energy planning and to enhance community input into the siting of energy projects. The legislation was developed over a number of months, and was based in large part on the recommendations of the Solar Siting Task Force.
It provides regional planning commissions and towns with “substantial deference” before the Public Service Board when their plans have been determined to be consistent with state energy and climate goals. Funding and training to support planning efforts will be available through the Regional Planning Commissions working in concert with the Department of Public Service and the Vermont League of Cities and towns. The new law requires planning across sectors to include electricity generation, electric and thermal efficiency, and transportation.
2016 Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report Shows Continuing Growth
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that over 17,700 Vermonters are now employed in the clean energy economy. The figure equates to about 6% of all jobs or 1 in 17 Vermonters!
“Vermont’s small businesses and energy innovators are working hard to help their neighbors, farms, schools, and towns achieve energy independence with clean, renewable energy,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Renewable Energy Vermont Executive Director.
“Each sustainable job within the clean energy sector represents a skilled craftsman, a recent college graduate, or an entrepreneur that is able earn a stable living to feed their family, support their community, and stay in Vermont.”
The full 2016 Vermont Clean Energy Industry Report can be viewed online here.
New Solar Financing Program Offered for Vermont Homes, Business and Non-Profits
AllEarth Renewables, the award winning Vermont-based solar tracker manufacturer has announced a new program for Vermont homeowners, small businesses, and non-profits to go solar and pay less than their utility power costs.
The new program will allow Vermonters to go solar for just $1,000, which can be applied to purchasing the solar system after 5 years. Customers will pay a monthly power purchase agreement with for their system which will be set at less than the current benefit they will receive for their solar, yielding immediate electric bill savings.
Renewable Energy Vermont Welcomes Olivia Campbell Andersen as New Executive Director
Renewable Energy Vermont’s Board of Directors are proud to announce that after an extensive nationwide search, Olivia Campbell Andersen will lead the diverse and growing, clean energy organization as its new Executive Director.
Campbell Andersen, a Vermont Law School alumnae, returns to the Green Mountain State after living in Maryland. Olivia most recently served as Senior Policy Director for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Assistant Chief of Staff to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, advising the Governor on environmental, sustainability, energy, budget, and transportation issues. Prior to her service with the State of Maryland, she worked for Congressman Steny
New Low-Income PV Incentive Available Through VT SSREIP
The Clean Energy Development Fund through the Renewable Energy Resource Center (RERC) has released the forms for the new High Performance Low-Income Solar Electric Incentive. This is a $1/watt incentive for PV systems to benefit low-income Vermonters living in highly energy efficiency homes. You may find the forms on the RERC website. Please note that all installers must sign and submit the appropriate Terms, Conditions, and Requirements for this program before submitting applications.
Vermont Farmers Support Renewable Energy
Forty two Vermont farmers recently signed onto a letter to express their support for renewable energy and concerns about policy changes affecting their ability to access and utilize clean energy on their property in the future.
Bennington Select Board approves solar project, projected to save $750,000 over 25 years
The town has unanimously given its blessing to a solar project that is projected to save it $750,000 in electrical costs over a 25-year period.
Five REV Members Named Among Best Places to Work in VT
Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce have announced the top 38 Best Places to Work in Vermont 2016. The awards program was created in 2006 and is presented in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont State Council, (SHRM), the Vermont Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Economic Development and Best Companies Group. The REV members included were; AllEarth Renewables, Hickok & Boardman, Renewable NRG, Suncommon and VEIC.
The final rankings for each category will be announced at a special awards presentation on March 31, 2016 at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center from 5:00 pm thru 7:30 pm.
Vermont Forest System Sector Analysis Released
The Forestry Committee of the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) released the final report of the Forest Sector Systems Analysis. The year-long project brought together hundreds of members of the forest and wood products industry. The three main takeaways defined a need for:
- increased public awareness of the economic importance of the forest and wood products sector
- industry wide network development; and
- increased consumer demand for Vermont-made wood products.
Poll Shows Vermonters Want More Solar in Their Towns
Vermonters across the state want more solar in the state and also in their own towns, a recent poll found.
Three-quarters of Vermonters surveyed support building more solar farms in Vermont (76%). Additionally, Vermonters are just as supportive of building more solar farms in their own towns (75%). Support for more solar farms extends across party lines, with Democrats (87%), Independents (65%) and Republicans (58%) all strongly supporting building more solar farms in their towns. See full results here.
President Obama Proposes Huge Boost to Clean Energy Funding in 2017 Budget
President Obama’s FY2017 budget request boosts clean energy funding, aiming to reduce the cost of sustainable transportation vehicles and increase the use of clean renewable power from solar, wind, water and geothermal energy.
Wind Power Generates 140% of Denmark’s Electricity Demand
See how Denmark generated enough Wind Energy to meet their domestic electricity demand and then some!
IRS Rules Favorably on Owner’s Eligibility for Federal Tax Credit for a Community-Shared Solar Project
Wood Pellet Boiler Incentive: Up to $5,500
When you choose Advanced Wood Pellet Heating, you are choosing a renewable, sustainable, and efficient option. Save now with a new incentive of an average of $5,000 off of a new Wood Pellet Boiler system through 12/31/15.
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