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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The net metered solar array developed by Encore Redevelopment for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was the runner up roof-mounted project in Solar Builder Magazine’s 2013 Project of the Year Awards. The announcement was made on November 18, 2013 and additional information can be found in the November issue of Solar Builder, as well as here: http://www.solarbuildermag.com/featured/2013-roof-mount-project-year-runner-bonnaroo-music-arts-festival/#.Us2ut_uabKd
Chad Farrell was an invited panelist at the Vermont Clean Energy Finance Summit held in Burlington on June 17, 2013. Mr. Farrell provided insights into the challenges associated with the financing of community scale clean energy projects.
Chad Farrell provided a presentation entitled “Opportunities for Community Scale Solar Projects in Vermont” at the Vermont Community Energy & Climate Action Conference on December 1, 2012. A link to the conference website can be found here: http://www.vecan.net/index.php/resources/annual-conference-2012/.
The objective of the talk was to provide an overview of a number of different ownership and financing models to allow communities to benefit from investments in solar electric generation facilities.