A new community solar project in Rutland, Vermont, built by NRG Energy, brings solar within reach of residents who couldn’t put panels on their own roof. The 150 kW PV solar array is providing power to 50 Green Mountain Power customers.
How to go solar if you can’t put panels on your roof? That’s the question for over 75% of Americans — whether we rent, have a low credit score, or have a shaded roof. And those are just a few of the reasons we might not be able to go solar.
The question is being answered in states that allow community solar, where utility customers can get power from an installation not on their roof. One of those states is Vermont.
People in Rutland, Vermont wanted cleaner energy, and now they can get it even if they can’t install it on their own home. NRG Residential Solar Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG), built a community solar project in Rutland. The 150 kW PV solar array is providing power to 50 Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers who signed up for the project.
“With the partnership of Green Mountain Power and the strong support of the leadership and residents of Rutland, NRG has been able to build a truly revolutionary solar program to help meet the electrical needs of the city,” said Denise Wilson, Executive Vice President, New Businesses, in a statement. “This community solar project makes solar a possibility for all Rutland customers.”
The agreement, one of the first of its kind between a utility and solar developer, gives 50 Rutland residential and commercial customers solar power at no upfront cost and a credit on their GMP bills for the energy produced by the array.
“This project and the innovation it represents is helping make Rutland the solar capital of New England,” said GMP President and CEO Mary Powell. “Partnering with NRG Energy has made community solar work and advanced Vermont’s achievement of its renewable energy goals. We anticipate working together on additional projects in Vermont to further develop solar as a meaningful part of our energy future.”
“Rutland is very proud of this array and what it means for the city and its residents,” said Mayor Chris Louras, who is also a customer of the community solar project. “Whether a person owns their own home, rents their residence, lives in a shady area or cannot afford the upfront capital cost of their own solar array, through this project, they can have solar power and with it, the knowledge that they are helping the environment as they save on their electric bill.”