Vermont Leads Nation in Solar Jobs Per Capita
A new report by The Solar Foundation cites Vermont as a national leader in the solar industry, ranking third for the number of solar jobs per capita. Click here to read more.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute Announces the Selection of 48 Teams to Participate in the ‘Solar in Your Community Challenge’
National competition focuses on expanding solar electricity access to traditionally underserved segments of communities. Click here to read more.
We Support Vermont’s Commitment to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency!
A coalition of Vermont groups have come together to take a stand for our commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency. 15 organizations, 650 Vermonters have signed on to this commitment. To find out more, click here.
Science Group Shows VT How to Tap Over $100 Million in Investment for Local Clean Energy Projects
Vermont, already a national leader in clean energy deployment, could spur additional job creation and economic growth by forging new public-private partnerships to increase financing for local clean energy projects, according to a study released January 4, 2017 by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), in coordination with the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC).
The analysis shows how the state could expand clean energy financing programs to make additional low-interest loans available to homeowners, businesses and municipalities who want to make energy efficiency improvements, install solar panels, or invest in other types of clean energy projects. Establishing the program with an initial $7 million public investment would leverage $148 million in private sector investments over 15 years, according to the study.
2016 REV Conference Presentations Now Available!
Thanks again once again to everyone who joined us in Burlington on October 13-14 for the 2016 REV Conference! We’re happy to report that over 460 people from throughout the country were able to attend. For those who were unable to attend or that missed a particular session, powerpoints from the conference are available in PDF format here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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