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Vermont Solar

There are more than 46 solar companies in Vermont, helping the industry grow 35% in 2013. 

Facts on the Vermont Solar Industry

  • There are currently more than 46 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Vermont, employing 1,300 people.
  • In 2013, Vermont installed 16 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 22nd nationally.
  • The 39 MW of solar energy currently installed in Vermont ranks the state 24th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 6,700 homes.
  • In 2013, $47 million was invested in Vermont to install solar for home, business and utility use. This represents a 28% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
  • The price to install solar on homes and businesses has dropped steadily across the country — by 8% from last year and 39% from 2010.

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Notable Installations in Vermont

  • South Burlington Solar Farm was completed in 2011 by developer AllEarth Renewables.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 2 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 300 Vermont homes.
  • Another utility-scale project, Charlotte VT Solar, is currently under construction in Vermont and is scheduled to come online in 2014. Developed by AACC Holdings, this 2.2 MW photovoltaic project will generate enough electricity to power 400 homes.
  • At 3 MW, SunGen1 in Sharon  is among the largest solar installations in Vermont.  Completed in 2012 by Talmage Solar Engineering , this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 500 homes.

Solar Companies in Vermont

  • There are currently more than 46 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Vermont.  These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 9 manufacturers, 3 manufacturing facilities, 22 contractor/installers, 6 distributors and 9 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.

Vermont State Solar Policy Resources

Vermont Public Service Board – Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Vermont public utilities

Vermont State Legislature – Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Vermont

DSIRE Incentives Database - Vermont – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Vewrmont and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration - Vermont State Profile – Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government

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