Same Sun of Vermont, which operates a solar design and
installation studio on Center Street and recently completed the
Creek Path Solar Farm on Cleveland Avenue, announced plans today to
open a unique new retail store at 53 Merchants Row, also in
downtown Rutland. The venture, known as Same Sun Choice, will open
in April and feature solar-produced goods from Vermont and across
"We think there is a great opportunity here, and hope to fill a
void in the downtown by offering customers a wide array of
household goods and products produced by companies that share our
commitment to solar energy," said Same Sun co-owner Philip Allen.
"Through this venture, we are asking consumers to choose to support
renewable energy, as well as manufacturing in America."
Same Sun of Vermont, Inc. was established in 2011 by Rutland
Town residents Marlene and Philip Allen, whose passion for solar
power became evident after having their own system installed. The
company's mission has not been limited to clean energy - they have
continuously stressed the importance of the industry as a vital
economic engine, creating manufacturing opportunities across the
USA and throughout Vermont with jobs that cannot be outsourced.
The company has built dozens of small-scale residential and
commercial projects in Rutland County and across Vermont. Last
fall, Same Sun was selected by Green Mountain Power to build the
first array in Rutland, as part of GMP's promise to make Rutland
the "Solar Capital of New England." The 150-kilowatt Creek Path
Solar Farm was built on a former brownfield owned by GMP and
completed by Same Sun two weeks ahead of schedule last month.
"We are committed to solar and Green Mountain Power's initiative
in Rutland, and the store is a direct result of that effort. With
the impending opening of Small Dog Electronics and GMP's new Energy
Innovation Center, we see the revitalization of downtown as a great
opportunity," co-owner Marlene Allen said. "Rutland has been a
vibrant, fun place to do business since we opened Same Sun more
than a year ago, and we want to continue to add to the vibrancy and
be part of the ongoing renaissance."
"Same Sun and the Allens have already brought new life to
downtown Rutland, and we look forward to continuing to work with
them to improve and expand the revival of the city's core," said
Mary Powell, president and CEO of GMP. "The new store is a creative
and exciting connection to the Solar Capital concept, and we're
thrilled by the Allens' commitment to the effort and downtown
Same Sun of Vermont, Inc. is currently located at 24 Center
Street, five doors from the historic Paramount Theatre. Their
business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by
appointment. For more info visit www.samesunvt.com.