Nine solar projects in Vermont are going to get more than $442,000 in grants to help provide more than 500 kilowatts of power for schools and communities across the state.
The money is coming from the Clean Energy Development Fund, which was created to increase cost-effective and environmentally sustainable electric power resources.
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the grants Tuesday during a visit to Northern Reliability, a solar business in Waitsfield. A grant of $80,000 is going to the town of Waitsfield to install a 102-kilowatt solar project on the town garage to power municipal buildings.
"We have more than quadrupled the amount of solar energy in Vermont since I became governor, and I am very pleased to be able to announce Clean Energy Development Fund solar grants to keep our momentum going," Shumlin said.
Other grants are going to Richford, South Strafford, Thetford, Warren, Sharon, North Thetford, Berlin and Shrewsbury.
The projects all feature community-ownership or local investment, and they offer a model for how communities can work together to encourage solar energy development that reduces public sector energy costs, said Darren Springer, Deputy Commissioner of the Public Service Department.
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Source: Burlington Free Press