Friday, September 24, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, September 24, 2010

Statewide environmental group wants Vermont to go solar | The Burlington Free Press
A Vermont environmental group wants to help state residents get their electricity from the sun, rather than power lines. The Vermont Public Interest Research Group on Thursday unveiled a drive to sharply increase the number of Vermont homeowners and businesses who install solar panels to meet much of their electricity needs.

The initiative is called VPIRG Energy, and seeks to establish "solar communities," towns where VPIRG officials hope to triple the number of solar energy installations.
Firm: Biomass plant to create 140 jobs | Rutland Herald Online
A company planning to build a $250 million biomass-fueled energy plant says it will create 140 new jobs, including 45 at its facilities, and increase state tax revenue by $2.3 million. Beaver Wood Energy is planning to build and operate a wood-biomass-fired electric generation plant, capable of generating up to 29.5 megawatts of electricity, and an integrated wood pellet manufacturing plant.
VPIRG launches solar energy program for 5 Vermont towns | Rutland Herald Online
The Vermont Public Interest Research Group, which has long advocated for more renewable energy, is getting into the solar business.

The Montpelier-based nonprofit group Thursday announced the launch of VPIRG Energy, a new program that will help support the construction of solar panels on homes and businesses across Vermont.

VPIRG officials say the organization will act as a conduit and organizer for communities interested in seeing expanded solar power. The organization has contracted with two major solar panel installers and will help those interested through the finances and permitting process to get panels on the roofs of their homes or in their yard.
Pownal solar project gets state approval | Rutland Herald Online
The state has granted a certificate of public good for a proposed solar farm that would generate a maximum of 2.2 megawatts of electricity at the Southern Vermont Energy Park. EOS Ventures, of Hancock, Mass., submitted a request with the Public Service Board in May to build the solar farm on 15 acres of land at the former Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal off of Route 7. In a decision issued earlier this month, the Public Service Board found that the solar project would “promote the general good of the state of Vermont” and certified it as a “sustainably priced energy enterprise development,” or SPEED, project. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents EOS Ventures)