Transforming Old Industrial Sites into Solar Farms
This 3.2 megawatt (MW) solar project in Wallingford, Vermont is a product of strong partnerships, with Standard Solar serving as the long-term asset owner-operator. Standard Solar partnered with developer MHG Solar on the 17-acre project. Positive Energy NY LLC constructed the array.
“Sited on a 49.6-acre parcel of land that once served as a gravel pit and hot-mix asphalt plant, this project exemplifies how old industrial land or “brownfields” can be repurposed to bring clean energy onto the grid and create a win-win for all involved,” said Thomas Hand, MHG Solar. “Projects like this pave the way to a better, cleaner future for Vermont.”
Completed and commissioned in January, the 9,018 solar panel ground-mount array is projected to produce 3,291,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in its first year. The estimated carbon offset is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 406 homes’ electricity use for one year and 296,750,995 smartphones charged.
Renewable Energy Supported by the Vermont Legislature
The project will provide clean energy to Vermont’s electric utilities under the state’s Standard Offer Program. The Standard Offer Program was enacted by the Vermont Legislature with the goal of promoting the development of in-state renewable energy sources.
Standard Offer helps to ensure that the benefits of these new energy sources flow to the Vermont economy and ratepaying citizens of the state. Under the Standard Offer law, the power is sold to all of Vermont’s electric distribution utilities (i.e., not just the interconnecting utility).
Helping Vermont Reduce Dependency on Fossil Fuels
“Solar projects like this one in Wallingford are critical for Vermont to reach its goal to receive 90% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050,” said Eric Partyka, Director of Business Development, Standard Solar. “The project, resulting from a great partnership between MHG Solar and Standard Solar, will reduce the need for fossil fuels and bring clean, quiet solar energy to the Vermont economy and its citizens.”
The power purchase agreement (PPA) is with VEPP, Inc., the Standard Offer Facilitator for existing and new Standard Offer Projects. In its role as a facilitator, the corporation acquires electric power from Vermont renewable resources and then distributes it to all 17 Vermont utilities on a pro-rata basis. It manages a renewable power portfolio of nearly 100 MW.
Projects like this pave the way to a better, cleaner future for Vermont.