Vermont’s Green Mountain Power had three new solar projects come online within the last two months as it makes strides toward getting more of its power from renewable sources.
The state’s third-largest utility company opened a 53-kilowatt project at Shelburne Farms, a 138-kilowatt roof-mounted system on the utility’s Montpelier Service Center and a 200-kilowatt project next to its Berlin power plant.
The company also installed a system on one of its facilities last year and a 4-megawatt system dedicated to producing the energy needed to charge the company’s three plug-in hybrid vehicles, said Green Mountain Power public relations director Dorothy Schnure.
“We all live in Vermont,” Schnure said. “And people in Vermont have a strong environmental ethic.”
Schnure said these projects were born out of a combination of factors. The company has two major contracts with power generators in the state that are set to expire in 2012 and 2015, she said.
“We were looking at replacing about 80 percent of our power,” Schnure said. “That’s a huge challenge.”