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Same Sun owners plan unique solar store in downtown Rutland

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 the country.

"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 Rutland."

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.