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Communities are Going Solar

North Hampton, NH

North Hampton, NH

 

By Green Energy Times staff

Solarize UpperValley has had some results. In the inaugural round running from March through June, 120 homeowners added 638 kilowatts (kW) of solar capacity.

 

The breakdown for the towns in Round One is as follows:

Westford, Vermont

Westford, Vermont

  • Plainfield, New Hampshire: 9 households, 46.5 kW
  • Cornish, New Hampshire: 14 households, 68.415 kW
  • Lyme, New Hampshire: 51 households, 273.35 kW
  • Thetford, Vermont: 33 households, 188.5 kW
  • Strafford, Vermont: 13 households, 61.54 kW
Putney, Vermont

Putney, Vermont

There are ten more towns in the area working on Solarize movements. They include Andover, New London, Wilmot, Hanover, and Orford, New Hampshire, and Randolph, Brookfield, Braintree, Woodstock, and Pomfret, Vermont. Neighbors working together with neighbors can reduce costs and make the entire process easier. Current campaigns are for the fall and early winter, with an ending date of January 31, 2015.

 

Contact Allison Rogers Furbish, allison@vitalcommunities.org.

 

Craftsbury Goes Solar with Good Neighbor Funds

Provided by Green Mountain Power

3.5 kW Strafford, VT

3.5 kW – Strafford, VT

A new solar tracker in Craftsbury funded by Good Neighbor Fund payments provided by GMP is helping the town go green and generate its own power. The ribbon cutting is September 11th at 5:30 pm at the Craftsbury Town Garage, and GMP will attend to honor the launch of this important community project,

In March, Craftsbury residents voted overwhelmingly to use its Good Neighbor payment from the Kingdom Community Wind Project to pay for a Solar Tracker. The 10-kilowatt solar electric system was installed in August and is generating enough power to cover approximately one-third of Craftsbury’s municipal electric needs.

3.825 kW - South Strafford, VT

3.825 kW – South Strafford, VT

“This is such an exciting project for our town,” said Lisa Sammet who serves on the Craftsbury Energy Committee. “GMP’s Good Neighbor Payment helped residents make the decision to build this clean energy project that is already providing a great benefit to taxpayers.”

The payment is part of GMP’s commitment to give back to surrounding communities by sharing with them the benefits of Kingdom Community Wind through the Good Neighbor Fund.

6 kW - Strafford, VT

6 kW – Strafford, VT

Payments are made annually. Thanks to strong power generation at the Kingdom Community Wind Farm, five NortheastKingdom towns received more than $126,000 in January of this year. Albany received $41,262, Eden $45,711, Craftsbury $19,986, and Westfield and Irasburg, each received $10,000. The Good Neighbor Fund provides benefits to the five towns within five miles of the project and is based on the amount of power produced.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide this payment from one clean energy project to help power more clean energy projects,” GMP Spokesperson Kristin Carlson. “GMP is committed to being a good neighbor and sharing the value of Kingdom Community Wind with residents in surrounding towns.”

The communities will continue to get Good Neighbor payments for the first ten years the 21-turbine plant operates. Kingdom Community Wind began generating power in November 2012.

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