Vermont Business Magazine A longtime Waterbury business, ST Paving, recently flipped the switch on 156 rooftop solar panels. The asphalt paving company worked with SunCommon to fill the company’s roof with solar. The system will produce more than the business needs, and so owner John Reynolds is sharing the excess with his own home and that of four of the company’s long-time employees.
“I give my employees bonuses, why not give them solar?” said Reynolds.
Each employee has been granted a percentage of the power produced by the array. Through a state program called Group Net Metering, the employees receive “solar credits” on their electric bill each month. The utility, here Green Mountain Power, uses their billing system to keep track.
SunCommon partnered with ST Paving to install the project and set up this sharing structure.
“An asphalt paving company and a solar company are odd bedfellows, but it always feels great to help a local business add solar and save,” said Mike McCarthy of SunCommon. “John quickly saw the potential of his large, southern roof – and we went ahead and designed a system to fill it up, knowing it’d be more power than the company needed. Often adding a few more panels to a large array is very cost-effective and the benefit to ST Paving’s employees is long term savings.”
Reynolds’ granddaughter, Cassidy Berry, whose mother works at ST Paving and whose home is one of the beneficiaries of the solar generation, said she’s excited to see her grandfather investing in solar. As a 7th grader at Crossett Brook Middle School, she’s in her second year of sustainability curriculum and this is the year they’re focusing on energy. Berry said, “My Grandpa uses a lot of fossil fuels for his work, so his shop being a bit more sustainable is pretty cool.” She's learning about solar and how it compares with other energy sources and she's happy that her grandfather is potentially influencing his employees to be more sustainable by sharing his solar with them.
For Reynolds, the decision to go solar was primarily financial. “The tax incentives were great, I’ve got the roof space at my shop, and the numbers made sense. It’s a wise investment.” Reynolds went on to say that as time goes on, it is the environmental impact and sharing aspect that has him most excited.
For more information about ST Paving’s solar project, visit suncommon.com/st-paving-solar
About S.T. Paving:
S.T. Paving, founded in 1970 by John Reynolds, has been paving central Vermont roads and driveways for more than 45 years. http://stpaving.com/
As Vermont’s largest solar business, SunCommon believes that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and brighter future – and renewable energy is where it starts. Energy from the sun can power our lives and build vibrant communities. Our mission is to tear down barriers to clean energy and use our business as a force for good.
SunCommon was chartered as one of Vermont's pioneering Benefit Corporations and is a Certified BCorp based on a rigorous third-party assessment of our commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. The business is headquartered in Waterbury where most of our 100 workers operate out of Vermont’s largest net- positive office building, which produces more energy than it uses. For more information, go to www.suncommon.com and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @suncommon.
Source: SunCommon 3.1.2018