Green Mountain Power Honored by Vote Solar as a 2014 Solar Champion

21 March 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown and Former Commissioner Ferron also Honored for Solar Leadership

San Francisco, CA –  Vote Solar, a leading national non-profit solar advocacy organization has named Green Mountain Power a 2014 Solar Champion. GMP was the only utility honored for this award at the organization’s annual Equinox Celebration held in San Francisco, California.   California Governor Jerry Brown and former California Commissioner Mark Ferron were also recognized for their leadership. The annual awards honor policy and utility leaders for outstanding efforts to make solar power a mainstream American energy resource.

“Green Mountain Power stands out from the pack as a renewable energy leader, especially for their work on solar. Under the guidance of CEO Mary Powell, GMP recognizes the significant value of having more Vermonters go solar. The utility is creating partnerships with customers who want to go solar, and is working with policymakers to build a cleaner, safer, more reliable power grid," said Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar.

The award is the result of tremendous work on the part of GMP to deliver innovative solutions to meet strong customer demand for solar. The company has established a precedent for recognizing the full value of increased private, distributed solar investment on its grid. GMP is partnering with industry leaders and state and community officials to deliver on the goal of making Rutland, Vermont the solar capital of New England. The result is the development of a new Energy Innovation Center and new investments in economic development and renewable energy in the area.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our work by Vote Solar with this award,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “Our company believes very strongly in the future of solar and the deeper connection to energy that it fosters with our customers. In addition to working hard to deliver reliable, clean and cost effective power, we are embracing a future that has more customers powering their own homes and businesses. At GMP, we intend to be both a catalyst and strong partner in that transformation. That is why we are working so hard to continue to increase the availability of solar power."

“With Americans plugging into solar power at record rates, it’s an exciting time for energy. Both the opportunities and the challenges for continued solar growth loom large in this rapidly changing electricity landscape. The three champions we honor today are leading the charge to embrace innovation, find solutions and drive progress so we can repower our grid with sunshine. We applaud them for their vision and leadership,” said Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar.

California Governor Jerry Brown was honored for his policy leadership that has helped California install enough solar to power 1.26 million homes, setting new solar production records almost daily and supporting more than 47,000 local solar jobs statewide.

Former California Public Utilities Commissioner Mark Ferron spent three years at the California Public Utilities Commission working to implement and strengthen the state’s commitment to clean energy.

The 2014 Award recipients were honored at Vote Solar’s annual Equinox Celebration held yesterday in San Francisco. The event drew hundreds of attendees from the U.S. renewable energy industry, finance, advocacy and policy communities. San Francisco Mayor Lee provided welcome remarks for the Solar Champion Award ceremony.

About Vote Solar
Vote Solar is a non-profit grassroots organization working to foster economic opportunity, promote energy independence and address climate change by making solar a mainstream energy resource across the United States. Since 2002,Vote Solar has engaged at the state, local and federal levels to remove regulatory barriers and implement the key policies needed to bring solar to scale. www.votesolar.org

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 company in America.   

Press contacts:
Rosalind Jackson – 415-817-5061, Rosalind@votesolar.org
Kristin Carlson – 802-229-8200, Kristin.Carlson@greenmountainpower.com