Larger solar installations have been coming to Vermont recently due to its solar-friendly policies. The state government has now commissioned the largest public solar initiative to date. Twelve state facilities located throughout Vermont will be adding solar systems with the help of AllEarth Renewables. Construction has already been initiated, with almost 5 MW of capacity planned in total.
The sites include each of the state’s correctional facilities and several state office buildings, including the office of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. The ground-mounted solar systems will provide net metered solar electricity for each facility at below-market rates through long-term energy contracts.
Each of the 500 kW projects will be constructed using AllSun Trackers, a dual axis tracker that maximizes energy production. They are manufactured in Williston, Vermont by AllEarth Renewables. The initial three 500 kW projects, which are scheduled to be completed in 2014, will each feature 1560 SunPower 345-watt solar panels.
The initiative is expected to produce more than 7000 MWh of energy for the state buildings each year.
“The combination of our premium, American-made dual-axis trackers with high performance SunPower solar panels is a perfect match,” said president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables David Blittersdorf. “By utilizing our tracking technology with high-efficiency SunPower panels, we can maximize production within the state’s net metering limit, boosting the total solar savings for the State of Vermont and the economic returns for each project. It’s a real winning combination.”
“SunPower’s high-efficiency solar panels will maximize production of cost-effective solar power for the State of Vermont, reducing long-term operational costs,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. “As a SunPower dealer, AllEarth Renewables has demonstrated a commitment to delivering quality solar solutions, and we’re looking forward to their continued success in years to come.”
The initial 1.5 MW of projects are being financed by the Alternative Energy Development Group, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.