Thu, Aug 15, 2013 09:20 PM
RUTLAND - Three Rutland nonprofits will be going solar thanks to
$60,000 in grants from Green Mountain Power. Each nonprofit was
awarded $20,000 to begin using the sun to create energy - and
there's still one more opportunity for another nonprofit to win a
The matching grants that will help these non-profit organizations
build solar projects are part of GMP's effort to make Rutland the
Solar Capital of New England.
"These non-profit groups will not only rely on the sun for a
portion of their energy needs, they will help inform their clients
and the general public about the benefits of solar energy," said
GMP President and CEO Mary Powell. "We want to demonstrate
solar in a wide variety of settings, so we are particularly pleased
to award these grants, which will support three very public
projects and important local institutions."
Grant winners are the Vermont Farmer's Food Center on West Street,
Rutland Regional Community Television in Howe Center, and Good
Shepherd Lutheran Church on Hillside Road.
The Food Center is quickly becoming an important part of the
western gateway to downtown Rutland, with hundreds of people
visiting weekly. The TV station will document the installation of
its new solar array and air programs about it multiple times on
three cable access channels. Good Shepherd will use its array
to teach students about energy at its Little Lambs Early Learning
"Each of these projects will have significant environmental and
economic benefits for the nonprofits, and will help engage the
community at large," said Steve Costello, GMP's vice president for
generation and energy innovation.
Nonprofits interested in applying for the fourth $20,000 matching
grant from GMP should contact David Dunn at 353-1456. The deadline
for applying is Aug. 27 at 5 p.m.
GMP already operates the 150-kilowatt Creek Path Solar Farm on a
former brownfield; just received a permit for an 18-kW solar
project on the roof of the planned Energy Innovation Center in
downtown Rutland; purchased an interest in the 150-kW solar farm on
the former Poor Farm off Woodstock Avenue; is in the planning
stages for the 2.3-megawatt Stafford Hill Solar Farm on a former
city landfill; has filed for a state permit for the 150-kW Solar
Center at Rutland Regional; recently signed an agreement to build a
75-kW solar array on the College of St. Joseph gymnasium roof; and
has just issued a request for proposals for an approximately
75-kilowatt solar project on the roof of the company's Electrical
Maintenance facility on Green Hill Lane.