GMP plans rooftop solar for maintenance facility

05 August 2013

RUTLAND, Vt. – Continuing efforts to build solar to meet state energy goals and make Rutland a leading solar center, Green Mountain Power announced plans today for a solar farm atop its electrical maintenance facility on Green Hill Lane.

“This project will turn a key company workspace into a generating station and produce clean renewable energy in the center of an industrial area of the city,” GMP President and CEO Mary Powell said.  “The electricity will be consumed within a very short distance of where it is generated.”

The electrical maintenance building, set between the city’s wastewater treatment plant and property owned by Casella Waste Management, houses GMP’s transformer shop, substation workers and a peaking diesel generator, which operates primarily during high-demand periods.

“We expect projects like this to shave peak loads and reduce the burning of fossil fuels to meet energy demands,” Powell said.  “This site is important symbolically and environmentally.”

The approximately 75-kilowatt project is the seventh in the GMP pipeline in Rutland in addition to numerous privately developed projects that are in various stages of planning, development and operation.  In keeping with GMP’s plan to name its Rutland solar projects after positive attributes, people or resources in the area, the project will be known as the Otter Creek Solar Farm, as the site is at the juncture of Otter Creek and East Creek.

GMP is working to make Rutland the Solar Capital of New England, with the highest per capita solar capacity of any city in the region. In addition to the project announced today, GMP recently:
* Applied for a permit to build the Stafford Hill Solar Farm, a 2.3-megawatt solar farm on the City of Rutland’s long-closed landfill.
* Awarded a contract to Positive Energy to build the 98.28-kilowatt rooftop College of St. Joseph Solar Farm.
* Awarded a contract to Same Sun of Vermont to build the 150-kW Solar Center at Rutland Regional.
* Completed the 150-kW Creek Path Solar Farm last winter.
* Purchased a majority interest in the Poor Farm project off Woodstock Avenue.
* Announced plans for 20.3 kilowatts of solar generation on the roof of its new Energy Innovation Center, which will open in downtown Rutland this fall.
* Signed an agreement to pilot central solar leases in Rutland with NRG Residential Solar, which will result in two 150-kW solar farms being built.
* Started a contest to award four $20,000 grants to Rutland non-profits interested in building solar projects.
* Developed plans to install solar-generating street lights in a city pilot.
* Has been negotiating multiple power purchase agreements expected to result in several major solar projects and new solar developers setting up shop in the city.  

“We continue to look for new projects to develop ourselves, and opportunities to work with customers and solar developers,” said Steve Costello, vice president for generation and energy innovation.  “Working with city leaders, we have developed an enormous amount of interest in Rutland in the solar community, and we will make announcements about much larger projects later this year.  These projects will have significant tax and other economic benefits for the city, and will provide clean energy to our customers while helping Vermont reach its short-term and long-term renewable goals.”


About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation.  The Company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small utility in America.  For further information, visit www.greenmountainpower.com.

 Contact: Steve Costello, Green Mountain Power, (802) 747-5427