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Community Solar Projects Commissioned in Essex and Essex Jct, Vermont

Encore developed and financed two community municipal solar energy projects for the Village of Essex Junction and the Essex School District in Essex Junction and Essex, Vermont.

The Essex Junction array is sited at the Village’s wastewater treatment plant and will supply net metering credits to be taken against various electric bills associated with the Village.  The project is anticipated to save the Village between $4,000 and $5,000 per year, with no money out of pocket.

The Essex School District array is sited on the middle school campus and will supply net metering credits to be taken against the electric bills for the middle and elementary schools.  The project is anticipated to save the school district between $4,000 and $5,000 per year, with no money out of pocket.

Both projects were commissioned in the fall of 2014.

Encore Sponsors Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network Conference

Encore Redevelopment was a leading sponsor for the 7th annual Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) conference on December 6, 2014.  Encore provided a presentation regarding the company’s third party development and financing solutions for community-based solar projects in a workshop entitled An Array of Community Solar SolutionsMore information on the conference can be found at this website.

3.6MW Whitcomb Farm Solar Project Commissioned

Construction began on the 3.6MW Whitcomb Farm Solar Project on July 29, 2014 and was commissioned expected in mid-October, 2014, this project will be the largest solar array in Vermont.  Encore was responsible for end to end management of this project including coordination of interconnection and Certificate of Public Good permitting processes, system design, financing, and construction.

The project was completed under the first generation of the State of Vermont’s SPEED program, a program designed to jumpstart Vermont’s clean energy economy and begin the process of achieving the State’s goals for an increased portfolio of locally generated renewable energy.

Additional press coverage of the initiation of construction can be found on the Essex Reporter website.

Market Watch has also published this article regarding the Whitcomb Farm Solar Project.

 

Governor Celebrates Commissioning of First 500kW Group Net Metering Project in Vermont

Encore supported a group of Vermont-based investors in the development and construction of the first 500kW group net metered solar project commissioned in Vermont.  The array is located on an underutilized piece of property in Middlebury.  Middlebury College was engaged as the net metering customer for the project and will be receiving approximately 750,000 kwh per year of clean, locally generated electricity from the project.  Encore managed all aspects of this project, including design, permitting, interconnection, financing and construction.

A project commissioning celebration was held with Governor Peter Shumlin at the site on August 6, 2014, as part of the Governor’s Summer Solar tour, highlighting the combined environmental and economic benefits of solar development efforts in the State of Vermont.  More information about the press event can be found here:

Vermont Business Magazine

Rutland Herald

Solar Array for Long-Time Natural Foods Cooperative Commissioned

Encore collaborated with the Peck Electric of South Burlington, Vermont to develop, finance and construct a 150kW group net metered solar project for the Middlebury Natural Foods Cooperative (MNFC) at long-time MNFC vendor Misty Knoll Farm in New Haven.  The project was commissioned on August 15, 2014 and will allow MNFC to meet its goal of achieving environmentally sustainable energy consumption, while also providing some long term lease revenue to the Misty Knoll Farm.

Construction Initiated for Two Community Scale Solar Arrays in Essex, Vermont

Financing has closed and construction has been initiated on two 150kW community solar arrays in Essex, Vermont.  The arrays, located at the Essex Middle School and Essex Junction Wastewater Treatment Plant, will save the community between $8,000 and $10,000 per year on electrical costs.  Both projects are expected to be commissioned by mid September, 2014.

Financing closed for 3.5MW solar project

Encore recently closed financing for a ~3.5MW solar array to be constructed on the Whitcomb Farm in Essex Junction.  The project is being completed under the first generation of the State of Vermont’s SPEED program, a program designed to jumpstart Vermont’s clean energy economy and begin the process of achieving the State’s goals for an increased portfolio of locally generated renewable energy.

Burlington Airport Solar Array Awarded to Encore

Encore Redevelopment was awarded a contract by the Burlington Electric Department to provide turnkey project development, permitting and construction services for a 500kW solar array to be located on the roof of the new parking garage at the Burlington International Airport.  The project is expected to be commissioned during late Q3 / early Q4 2014.

Phillip Foy Joins Encore Team

Phillip Foy recently joined Encore Redevelopment as a Project Manager.  Phillip comes to Encore after completing a JD and Master of Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School.  While at Vermont Law, and shortly thereafter, Phillip gained experience dealing with environmental and business issues while working for an environmental law firm in New Zealand, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development in Montpelier, VT, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in Washington, D.C.

Farrell Presents Net Metering Info to VT Legislature

Chad Farrell provided testimony to the Vermont Legislature on January 9, 2014, on the importance of improvements to Vermont’s net metering program.   Mr. Farrell also provide supporting testimony to the Legislature on January 28, 2014 regarding property tax stabilization for solar projects in Vermont.