Vermont adds 26,000 solar panels
Vermont continues to pursue an increased emphasis on renewable electricity, with one of the state's biggest utility companies announcing the dramatic success of its recent solar program.
Green Mountain Power, which provides electricity to nearly one-third of the states residents according to the Vermont Department of Public Service, recently reached the end of its 1,000-day project to install 10,000 solar panels.
The plan served to support the utility's SolarGMP program that has offered Vermont residents 6 cents for every kilowatt-hour of solar electricity they produce since its introduction in the summer of 2008.
With the support of numerous residential solar installations, GMP was able to blow past its initial target, installing more than 26,000 solar panels over the course of less than three years.
"Our customers clearly want more solar, and we are determined to help provide it," Mary Powell, president and CEO of GMP, said in a statement. "Local distributed generation from renewable energy has economic and environmental benefits for our customers and for Vermont. In-state development of renewable energy promotes the green economy, creating jobs, and enhancing Vermont's energy independence."
The project included six major installations, ranging from 345 panels at Camels Hump Middle School to a 952-panel utility-owned installation in Berlin.