GMP awards contracts for Solar Farm at Rutland Regional, Energy Innovation Center
04 June 2013
RUTLAND, Vt. – Two Vermont solar installers have been selected to build the Solar Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center and the solar installation at Green Mountain Power’s planned Energy Innovation Center.
SameSun of Vermont, based in Rutland, has been selected to build the 150-kilowatt Solar Center at Rutland Regional, and SunCommon of Williston has been selected to build 18.3 kilowatts of solar on the EIC rooftop at 68 Merchants Row. The EIC project includes two types of solar collectors, including a ballasted 13.7-kilowatt roof-mounted array and a 4.6-kilowatt rack-mounted system. Both projects will include educational components and will welcome visitors to learn about solar energy and related topics.
The Solar Center at Rutland Regional will be built on property surrounding two stormwater retention ponds just south of Allen Street, adjacent to the hospital’s walking path.
GMP, which will own and maintain the solar center under a 25-year lease agreement with Rutland Regional, will credit the hospital for 10 percent of the project’s output. The remaining energy will go onto the local electric grid and will be consumed by local GMP customers.
The project awards were based on requests for proposals issued in April and distributed to all Renewable Energy Vermont members. Once permits are in place, both solar projects are expected to begin construction later this summer.
The projects are part of GMP’s ongoing effort to make Rutland the solar capital of New England, the city with the highest solar capacity per capita of any city in New England. The effort supports Vermont’s effort to substantially expand renewable generation, and GMP’s efforts to support new economic development in Rutland.
GMP has already completed the Creek Path Solar Farm, a 150-kilowatt project on Cleveland Avenue and purchased an ownership stake in the Green Lantern project off Woodstock Avenue. The company is also about to issue an RFP for developers interested in building the Stafford Hill Solar Farm in Rutland, which is expected to have capacity of about 2.3 megawatts, and numerous other project discussions continue.
“We were very happy with the bidding on the Solar Center at Rutland Regional and the EIC project, and pleased to be able to award the contracts to companies that are making a real impact in meeting Vermont’s energy goals,” said Mary Powell, GMP’s president and CEO.
“We look forward to working with GMP on the final design of the Rutland Regional project,” Rutland President Thomas Huebner said. “It will be a nice addition to our campus and will help reduce the environmental impact of local energy consumption.”
“We are gratified to win the bid to design and install this solar project, which will have a wonderful educational presence,” said Philip Allen, co-owner of SameSun. “We are excited to work with Green Mountain Power again, and particularly proud to be doing this work for Rutland Regional Medical Center.”
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small utility in America.