Published by Vermont Digger
by Lukas B. Snelling, the director of communications for Energize Vermont
By embracing smaller scale solar, hydro, wind and biomass installations we have the ability to make Vermont a leader in power generation and management. Numerous small community driven installations enhance the reliability of the grid, reduce line transmission loss and deliver substantially less environmental impact. Also, when the energy is generated and consumed close to home (if not at home) there becomes a much higher awareness of usage, creating even more efficiency savings.
Vermont currently offers home owners and businesses incentives to invest in renewable energy generation, but fails to provide a road map to do so. Greater education is needed to ease the barriers to entry for these systems.