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Goddard College Progresses Carbon Neutral Plan
with Woodchip District Heating Plant

PLAINFIELD, VT – At a gathering to celebrate Goddard College’s new woodchip district heating plant, the Biomass Energy Research Center (BERC) and Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), released a report, Expanded Use of Wood Heating in Vermont. With Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan to meet 90% of the state’s energy needs through renewables, advancing wood heating is a critical part of meeting our climate commitments.  The report offers a roadmap to reach 35% of Vermont’s heating demands with wood heating by 2030.

“The goal of 35% was set because that is the level that can be sustainably supported by Vermont’s own forests,” said Adam Sherman from BERC, “but we felt we needed a clearer picture of what that meant. Just how many stoves and how many boilers will have to be installed to reach this goal?”

To reach the 35% target, by 2030, Vermont needs to:

  • Install 38,905 more wood pellet stoves (or about 30% of all single family homes);
  • Install 10,519 more bulk pellet fueled boilers (or about 16% of all single family homes with centralized hydronic heat distribution networks);
  • Install 2,574 more pellet boilers in small commercial buildings (or about 6% of that market segment); and
  • Install 221 more woodchip boilers in larger commercial/institutional buildings and district heating plants (or about 4% of that market segment).

“We know for a fact that Vermonters save money when they switch to wood from fossil fuels,” said REV Assistant Director, Ansley Bloomer.  “Following the first roadmap earlier this year, the legislature exempted automated wood boilers from sales and use taxes, and up to $7,000 in rebates are available for homeowners, and funding for commercial sized projects.  73% of Vermont’s buildings are heated with oil or gas; thanks to convenient automated wood heating solutions, we can do better for our local economy and our climate.”

A coalition of nonprofits, local business, and state agencies developed the second roadmap to help lower energy costs, boost Vermont’s economy, sustain forestlands, and reduce carbon pollution.

Spreading the word about the options for advanced wood heating was one of the main motivators for hosting a training attended by 30+ architects and builders at Goddard College. “Architects and builders should feel confident suggesting automated wood heat to their clients and understand what that could like in a project,” said Emma Hanson, Wood Energy Coordinator at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. “So many Vermonters would love to opt out of oil and heat local, but they just don’t know that wood heat at touch of a thermostat is an option.”

To read the complete roadmap report visit: www.revermont.org

For information on all current available incentives and rebates visit: www.fpr.gov/incentives.

Wednesday also marked the formal opening of the new wood chip district boiler plant at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. The wood chip system will heat the entire campus through a system of insulated pipes that carry hot water underground from the plant to each of Goddard’s 22 buildings. The wood chips will come from within a 30-mile radius of the college as a byproduct of the forestry industry.

Goddard College calculates that this project will reduce their carbon footprint from heating due to the use of local advanced wood heating.  The college aims to become carbon neutral in fuels burned on campus and electricity usage by 2020.

Many Vermonters have long turned to local wood as a fuel source of choice to heart their homes and businesses, and now improved automated wood heating systems are available.  Advanced wood heating solutions incorporate four key characteristics:

  • Highly efficient combustion technology;
  • Negligible emissions;
  • Support of healthy forest ecosystems and sustainable forest management;
  • Use of local wood.

Meeting the 35% target by 2030 would:

  • Reduce Vermonter’s consumption of heating oil and propane by over 60%;
  • Replace or add another 900,000 green tons of annual local market demand for low-grade wood to help sustain Vermont’s forested working landscape;
  • Avoid $112 million in annual energy expenditures exported from the Vermont economy;
  • Avoid 350,000 tons of net greenhouse gas emissions annually.

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94 Harvest Lane
Williston VT 05495
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Focus Area: Commercial, Community Solar

Website:
www.allearthrenewables.com

Phone: 802-872-9600

Technology Type(s):
Solar (Photovoltaic), Wind

Partnership Type(s):
Solar (Photovoltaic), Wind

AllEarth Renewables, headquartered in Williston, Vt., manufactures the AllEarth Solar Tracker, a dual-axis solar tracker that uses innovative GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun throughout the day, producing up to 45 percent more energy than rooftop solar.  The company has manufactured over 4,000 solar tracker systems to date for installation across the country.  Among its product awards, the dual axis tracker was named a “Top-10 Green Product” by BuildingGreen magazine and “Top Product of the Year” by Solar Power World. The company’s ground-mounted, pre-engineered solar trackers are designed for residential and commercial-scale installations.  In addition to manufacturing a great product, AllEarth is one of the leading solar installers in Vermont, currently providing solar to State of Vermont buildings and correctional facilities, as well as numerous Vermont businesses, non-profits, schools, and municipalities. AllEarth is a four-time Best Places to Work award recipient.

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Address:
1570 South Brownell Road
Williston VT 05495

REV Member

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

Focus Area: Residential

Website: www.buildingenergyvt.com

Phone: 802-859-3384

Technology Type(s):
Solar (Hot Water), Solar (Photovoltaic), Energy Efficiency, Other

Partnership Type(s):
Solar (Hot Water), Solar (Photovoltaic)

Our approach is to provide comprehensive energy solutions. Informed by a thorough building audit we reduce building energy demands with insulation, hot water conservation, electrical efficiency and renewable energy systems.

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34 Pleasant Street
Randolph, VT 05060
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Focus Area: Residential, commercial

Website: http://catamountsolar.com/

Phone: (802) 728-3600

Technology Type(s): Solar (Photovoltaic), Solar (Hot Water)

Partnership Type(s): Solar (Photovoltaic)

Catamount Solar designs and installs high quality, robust solar power systems in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.  The partners at Catamount Solar have more than 30 years experience providing solar electric and solar hot water solutions to thier residential, commercial, institutional and agricultural clients.  Our broad and deep experience ensures that our clients receive the right system and best value for their situation.

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Address:
5072 US Route 2
North Hero VT 05474

REV Member

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

Focus Area: Residential, Commercial

Website: www.dcenergyinnovations.com
Phone: 802-372-9514

Technology Type(s):
Wind, Solar (Photovoltaic)

Partnership Type(s):
Wind

DCEI is committed to provide all phases of electrical installations – residential, commercial and industrial wiring and controls along with a specialty in renewable energy.

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Address:
205 Billings Road
Building 4
White River Junction VT 05001

REV Member

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

Focus Area: Commercial, Developer

Website: www.edf-re.com

Phone: 800.374.4494

Technology Type(s): Solar (Photovoltaic)

Partnership Type(s):
Solar (Photovoltaic)

groSolar is a large commercial and utility-scale solar EPC firm with award-winning MW+ projects across the US.  We serve the 1–30 MW solar market for commercial, nonprofit, and government projects. Our experience includes design and build applications atop brownfields, landfills, water treatment plants, and manufacturing facilities.  groSolar also offers product procurement and logistics services to solar installers and contractors who focus on residential and small- to mid-scale commercial solar applications.

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Marlboro, VT

REV Member

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

Focus Area: Residential
Email:
gwmaca@gmail.com 

Phone: 802-257-7026

Technology Type(s):
Solar (Hot Water), Solar (Photovoltaic)

Partnership Type(s):
Solar (Hot Water), Solar (Photovoltaic)

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381 New Rd
Brandon, VT 05733

REV Member

 

Website: www.greenearthenergyvt.com

Phone: (O) (802) 247-1200 (C) (802) 989-1661

Technology Type(s): Solar (PV), Solar (Hot Water), Energy Efficiency

Partnership Type(s): Solar (PV) and Solar (Hot Water)

Green Earth Energy is Vermont’s premier residential and commercial solar energy contractor, offering a full range of green energy products. Take advantage of our experience and resources to make your solar project a success

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Address:
5452 US RT 5, Ste G
Derby Times Square
Newport, VT 05855

REV Member

Focus Area: Residential Website: www.gmes.com

Phone: 800-245-7336

Technology Type(s):
Energy Efficiency, Solar (Photovoltaic), Other

GMES is a full line electrical distributor serving the commercial, residential, and industrial markets. GMES is a market leader in promoting and expanding green energy saving products and services including LED lighting, fluorescent lighting, photovoltaic, lighting energy audits, and solar.

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5430 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
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Focus Area: Residential, Commercial Website: www.gristmillbuilders.com

Phone: 802-882-8410

Technology Type(s):
Energy Efficiency, Other (Builder, Contractor for Green Design), Solar (PV)

Partnership Type(s): Provisional Solar (PV)

Gristmill Builders is a Waterbury Center, Vermont builder. A design/build company, Gristmill Builders specializes in exceptional renovations and new construction. Long before the term “green design” was popularized in design/construction, Gristmill was executing genuinely green projects.

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Address:
121 Spring Tree Road
Brattleboro, VT 05301 

REV Member

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

Focus Area: Residential, Commercial

Website: www.isasolar.com


Phone: 802-257-7493

Technology Type(s):
Wind, Solar (Hot Water), Solar (Photovoltaic), Biomass, Geothermal

Partnership Type(s):
Wind, Solar (Hot Water), Solar (Photovoltaic)

INTEGRATEDSOLAR is your partner in the renewable revolution, bringing Net Zero Energy solutions to the world. We believe that renewable, sustainable energy systems are the key to protecting our global future. By designing and installing renewable energy systems we are contributing to this important shift away from fossil fuel dependence. The system technologies we offer include Solar, Thermal, Small, Wind, Biomass, Photovoltaic and Geo-Thermal.

 

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145 Store Hill Road
E. Bethel, VT 05032 

REV Member

 

Focus Area: Residential, Commercial

Website: www.ienergyvt.com

Phone: 802-291-2188

Technology Type(s): Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Hot Water

Integrity Energy LLP is a full-service solar installation business, providing design, installation and maintenance of solar energy systems. We have a reputation for staying on budget, on schedule, and providing high-quality installations. We believe that solar energy is an essential part of the solution to our energy future here in Vermont.

Founded in 2011 by NABCEP certified installer, Amos Post, Integrity Energy is a relatively new company. John Mattern, a skilled builder, joined Amos as business partner in 2013. As a small company, we strive to give a personal feel to every project, something you might not get with a large corporation. We also believe in buying local whenever possible/ feasible. Why buy power that’s generated hundreds of miles away when you can produce your own?!

 

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OMearaSolarAddress:
PO Box 151
West Topsham, VT 05086

 

Focus Area: Residential, Commercial

Website: www.omearasolar.com

Phone: 802-522-2381

E-mail: omearasolar@gmail.com

Technology Type(s): Solar (PV)

Partnership Type(s): Provisional Solar (PV)

O’Meara Solar is a father-son business partnership that grew out of installing, maintaining and living with solar energy in our own homes, and woodworking shop, for the better part of a decade. After being asked to help design, and install, other off-grid systems, we decided to pursue a business in solar design, sales, installation and service of grid-tie, and off-grid, PV systems in the Central Vermont and Upper Connecticut River Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire. We are a dealer for a couple of large solar distributors, and have access to nearly all major solar equipment manufacturers. Modules, racking, inverters, batteries, and all other system components at reasonable prices. Our business is commercially insured, and we have access to quality sub-contractors, like master electricians, concrete professionals, etc..

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4050 Williston Rd, Suite 511
South Burlington, VT 05403rev-member
Focus Area: Residential, Commercial

Phone: 802-658-3378 ext. 227

Website: www.peckelectric.com

Technology Type(s):
Solar (PV)
Partnership Type(s):
Full Partner – Solar (PV)

A while back Peck Electric saw a new trend developing in the Electrical Industry; Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems. Since that time we have taken steps to enter into this area of the market. We believe that going green is not only the right choice for the planet, it’s also a sound investment fiscally and mentally. We can offer you a complete install; beginning with design of the system, the supply and install of both the Electrical and Solar components, as well as training in the use of your new installation. We also have experience with rebates, tax credits, grants, and green energy financing to help get your project off the ground. We would be very interested in being given the chance to work on your upcoming project.

We have access to a huge knowledge base and the advice and expertise of some of the founders of the industry. We also have partnerships with the best distributors to ensure you get a quality product for the right price. Our Solar installations are well planned, diligently checked, and installed with a craftsmanship level that you will only find in hiring properly trained licensed electricians. Would you want a Solar Array that is supposed to last upwards of 25 years built any other way?

 
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