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Vermont Solar

Facts on the Vermont Solar Industry

  • There are currently more than 72 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Vermont, employing 1,000 people.
  • In 2014, Vermont installed 38 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 18th nationally.
  • The 79 MW of solar energy currently installed in Vermont ranks the state 22nd in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 8,100 homes.
  • In 2014, $76 million was invested on solar installations in Vermont.  This represents a 63% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
  • Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Vermont have fallen by 30% in the last year.  National Prices have also dropped steadily- by 12% from last year and 45% from 2010.

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Notable Installations in Vermont

  • PSEG Essex Solar Energy Center was completed in 2014 by developer Juwi Solar Inc.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 3.9 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 700 Vermont 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 72 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: 11 manufacturers, 3 manufacturing facilities, 33 contractor/installers, 5 project developers, 8 distributors and 15 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.

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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