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Bright idea: Kiernan pairs solar arrays and bees

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Mike Kiernan has for years been concerned about the perplexing plunge in the number of pollinating creatures throughout the world.

Now the accomplished Porter Medical Center physician has made a commitment to “bee” part of the solution to a problem that is threatening the world’s ecosystems and food supply.

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Site visit ordered for New Haven solar array

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — The Vermont Public Service Board hearing officer on the proposed Next Generation Solar Farm on Field Days Road has ordered a site visit, New Haven selectboard chair Kathy Barrett told her board at a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

The site visit is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 19, at 2 p.m.

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Three-way partnership serves up 'green' power

Posted on September 12, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — What happens when an historic local dairy, a hard cider giant and a major vendor of farm equipment join forces in Middlebury?

You get an abundant supply of renewable energy, of course.

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Ferrisburgh closer on VGL deal

Posted on August 1, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The town of Ferrisburgh and the Massachusetts companies proposing the $650 million, 400-megawatt Vermont Green Line (VGL) — Anbaric Transmission and National Grid — could strike a deal at any time to pay the town for hosting about 5.5 miles of underground power cable between Lake Champlain and on Route 7, according to the head of the committee dealing with the VGL firms on the town’s behalf

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Bristol store basking in glow of new solar array

Posted on May 9, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Bristol Beverage and Redemption Center is now catching some rays — 24.795 kW worth, to be exact.

With 87 roof-mounted solar panels installed in mid-April (plus two heat pumps), owner Adam LaPerle expects to cut his electricity bill in half and to eliminate the use of propane-based heating in his retail space entirely.

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Vermont Green Line: We'll pay Ferrisburgh fees

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — In emails this week to the Independent, the companies proposing the $650 million Vermont Green Line said they would pay the town of Ferrisburgh’s legal fees to review a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the companies and town for compensation for allowing work in town rights of way.

The emails said compensation — pegged at $40,000 for these preliminary costs alone — could also go toward the town’s other expenses researching the project.

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Power line talks moving forward in Ferrisburgh

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — While some specifics of negotiations between Ferrisburgh officials and the companies proposing a major new underground power line from New York state to New Haven will probably remain undisclosed, selectboard Chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said the issue will be discussed at the board’s Tuesday meeting.

Lawrence said residents will be able to learn more on Tuesday about where things stand with the town and the proposal to run some of the 60-mile, $650 million Vermont Green Line (VGL for short) underground along Ferrisburgh roads.

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New Haven residents want say on energy project

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — At last week’s town meeting, New Haven residents made it very clear to their elected officials that they want a say in whether a high-voltage power line and converter station is built in town.

On the floor of the Feb. 29 meeting, New Haven residents passed two straw polls asking the town to gather more information about Anbaric Transmission’s Vermont Green Line proposal and then to hold a town-wide Australian ballot vote on whether to accept Anbaric’s offer.

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SunCommon withdraws plan for solar array in Cornwall

Posted on December 21, 2015 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — SunCommon has decided to withdraw its application for a proposed solar array off West Street in Cornwall, citing setback issues and a state-mandated archaeological review of the project site.

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Brandon site eyed for state's largest solar power farm

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON/FLORENCE — A massive, 20-megawatt solar array is being proposed on more than 100 acres of land off Syndicate Road in Florence and Brandon, and if approved it would be the largest solar project in Vermont.

Representatives from Ranger Solar, based in Yarmouth, Maine, with offices in New York, appeared before the Brandon selectboard on Monday to give a project presentation and to answer questions. Those in attendance expressed a wide range of feelings, from enthusiastic to suspicious, with most town officials expressing support.

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