Norwich Solar has received a Certificate of Public Good (CPG) from the Vermont Public Utility Commission for a 500-kWAC solar array in Newbury, Vermont. The ground-mounted system will generate enough renewable clean energy to power approximately 135 homes per year. This project highlights the opportunity for co-locating solar with other land uses, maximizing the benefits of the property for the landowner and the community.
The solar array offers multiple land-use opportunities for the landowner, Cassidy Timber Harvesting, which plans to develop much-needed homes for the area. Financial benefits of the array include long-term lease income for the landowner, tax contributions to the town and reduced energy costs for participating net-metered customers.
“It’s been a pleasure working with the Town and Cassidy Timber in planning for the array. We’re looking forward to bringing this project to fruition for more net-metering customers. Newbury recognizes the benefits solar can contribute to the budget as well as achieving their renewable energy goals. We are very appreciative of their collaborative approach,” said Martha Staskus, chief development officer for Norwich Solar.
Norwich Solar offers net-metering credits generated from its solar arrays to participating businesses, municipalities, farms and housing organizations, among others. In 2020, approximately half of Norwich Solar’s projects benefitted affordable housing organizations including Champlain Housing Trust, Springfield Housing Authority, Twin Pines Housing Trust, Randolph Area Community Development Corp., Capstone Community Action and Housing Vermont.
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