Same Sun of Vermont has been selected as the winner of the first
solar competition sponsored by the new Green Mountain Power, a
150kW project that will be known as Creek Path Solar Farm.
The announcement came at a solar summit held in Rutland, where
solar and other renewable developers, local and state officials and
business leaders met to learn about and discuss GMP's vision to
make Rutland the solar capital of Vermont and create enough solar
to provide the highest solar reliance per capita of any city in the
"Our belief in solar power and desire to revitalize downtown
Rutland came long before we heard the term 'Solar City', said
Philip Allen, who owns Same Sun with his wife Marlene, "but we are
thrilled to have been selected from a great list of 12 competitors
and to help kick-off Green Mountain Power's initiative here. As we
approach the first anniversary of opening our doors, a busy year
that began with Alderman's Toyota deciding to go solar, this award
is quite a capstone. We are equally pleased that our commitment to
use American-made products was cited by Green Mountain Power as one
of the factors in its decision."
Creek Path Solar Farm is located on a three-acre lot between
West Street, Cleveland Avenue and East Creek in Rutland, Vt. The
system will total 157,320 watts of peak DC power, providing an
average of 16,872 kWh per month of clean solar electricity. The
configuration will consist of 684 (230-watt) SolarWorld modules and
will offset more than 200,000 pounds of carbon pollution per year,
or more than 3,000 tons in the next thirty-year period.
Philip Parrish, Same Sun's NABCEP-Certified Project Manager,
will oversee the installation. "I am excited about the opportunity
to work with Green Mountain Power towards their vision, and to
transform a brownfield into a useful resource for the community,"
said Parrish. "I also want to thank Marlene and Philip for bringing
me along on this ride."
Same Sun was founded in September 2011 by Rutland Town residents
Philip and Marlene Allen. Visit Same Sun at 24 Center Street in
downtown Rutland, five doors down from the historic Paramount
Theater, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, and by appointment.
For more info visit www.samesunvt.com.