Encore Redevelopment, of Burlington, Vermont, has announced the recent installation and commissioning of the PSEG Essex Solar Energy Center in Essex Junction, Vermont. At 3.6MWp, this array is the largest solar project in Vermont and is estimated to produce approximately 4,500,000 kWh of electricity annually, sufficient to power roughly 700 Vermont homes.
The solar array will also provide a lease payment which will help to diversify the income stream of the Whitcomb Farm and help the Farm, which has been in continuous operation since 1867, remain in active agricultural use.
The Whitcomb family reelased this statement: “The lease associated with the solar project provides us with the opportunity to improve our farmstead while preserving topsoil integrity. Farming has always involved land, sunlight and water to produce value; we are pleased to be able to diversify our farming operations to include renewable electric generation in addition to forage crops and dairy.”
The project was completed under the State of Vermont’s Standard Offer program which was designed to jumpstart Vermont’s clean energy economy and begin the process of achieving the State’s goals for an increased portfolio of locally generated renewable energy.
Encore was responsible for initial project design and securing all permits associated with the project. Final design and construction activities were provided by juwi Solar. The project was financed and is owned by PSEG Solar Source a subsidiary of the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG).
Encore said in a statement: “Encore is honored to have been able to work collaboratively with the many professionals responsible for bringing this project from concept to commissioning. We hope this project can serve as an example of the multilateral value of distributed renewable generation for providing grid resilience, economic development, and protection of Vermont’s valuable and iconic working landscape.”
About Encore Redevelopment:
Encore Redevelopment is a Burlington, VT-based project development company with a focus on 21st century solutions for underutilized property and community-scale renewable energy systems.
Source: Encore 1.25.2015. PHOTO: Whitcomb solar array under construction last year in Essex Junction. Courtesy photo.