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Opinion: Opposition must consider facts

Posted on December 23, 2014 |
By Dylan Zwicky



Details are important when discussing energy policy, especially when it comes to our state’s future. That’s why I was so concerned to read two recent opinion pieces in the Addison Independent written by Paul Stone. (“Acts 248 and 250 need local input” on Nov. 26 and “State needs new solar-siting rules” on Dec. 10).

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New Haven aims to amend town plan to regulate solar projects

Posted on December 18, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



NEW HAVEN — Seated around circular cafeteria tables in the frigid basement of Beeman Elementary School, the New Haven Planning Commission on Monday evening debated changing the town plan to assert more local control over how energy projects, particularly solar arrays, are sited within the town.

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Opinion: State has not followed law in review of solar projects

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By John Madden



Concerning the solar industry and Public Service Board effect on Addison County, beginning with PSB 7645:

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New Haven planning commission talks solar reform

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — As the Public Service Board approves hundreds of solar projects in the state each year, ranging from rooftop installations to multi-acre arrays, the state has an interest in ensuring that projects are cleaned up after they are decommissioned.

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Opinion: State needs new solar-siting rules

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Paul Stone



A front-page article, Dec. 4, Addison Independent, states that, “solar firms have eyed Addison County as a prime location for solar projects, owing to the area’s abundant, flat farmland.” Well of course they have, no trees to cut down or brush to remove, just drive in and start planting solar.

This thoughtless waste of prime agriculture soils is an egregious act against the environment and our future food production. And a degradation to the beautiful state of Vermont.

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Opinion: Orwell resident happy to share meadow's solar bounty

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Vera Blakely



I was born into a world with oil lamps, well water pumped by hand and horses for travel. Then the automobile and telephone in every home led to a cell phone in every hand. And now we have electricity from the sun. Watch out world. I can’t believe it.

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Opinion: Vermont PSB snubs local concerns on solar projects

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Alex D. Tokewell



It is time for a statewide moratorium on multi-user solar generating installations in Vermont.

Outrageous, totalitarian, heavy-handed, biased, heartless, corrupt. These are but a few of the adjectives that might be used to describe the behavior of the Public Service Board in response to challenges by towns in Vermont to over 35 multi-user solar renewable energy projects proposed by developers over the last 8 months.

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Opinion: Changes needed in siting rules for solar projects

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Stephen Pilcher



The lower cost of solar PV panels has led to a huge increase in solar projects in Addison County. Unfortunately the current regulatory model to govern the siting of solar projects is based on traditional large centralized power generation, transmission and distribution. This model is not appropriate for small distributed power generation such as solar PV or bio-fuels projects.

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County to host some of Vt.'s largest solar arrays

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s been another busy year for solar firms in Vermont, and Addison County will host some of the state’s largest arrays.

As of Dec. 1, the Public Service Board had issued Certificates of Public Good to 138 projects across the state, ranging from small rooftop units to multi-acre solar arrays. Twenty-six projects are located in Addison County.

These figures don’t include residential-size projects of less than 15 kilowatts, which do not need a CPG.

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Opinion: Acts 248 and 250 need local input

Posted on November 26, 2014 |
By Paul Stone



Tom Denecker, Denecker Chevrolet, has withdrawn his Act 250 application to build a new car store at the corner of routes 22A and 7 in Ferrisburgh, per the Addison Independent, Nov. 20. Apparently he saw no hope of a permit in the face of opposition from the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, the Agency of Natural Resources, and Vermont Natural Resources Council. The application process was overwhelming and not worth the expense and the fight, per Denecker.

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