CV Unveils Solar Array and Education Center
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 1:33 PM

Related Stories



RUTLAND, VT -- (Marketwire) -- 06/22/10 -- Embracing renewable energy and hoping to educate Vermonters about it, Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) today unveiled its new Rutland Town solar project and renewable energy education center.

CV President Bob Young was joined by Gov. Jim Douglas and representatives of the Stafford Technical Center and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Local 300, who helped build the most publicly accessible solar project in the state.

"This will be much more than just a solar project," Douglas said. "It is a true renewable education complex, with hydro generation across Route 7, and a wind measurement tower that may be replaced with a wind turbine or two in the future. Together with the educational displays, these generation facilities will educate thousands of Vermont students who will be welcomed in the next few years."

Along with the solar display, CV installed six museum-style educational displays that will provide visitors with a self-guided look at the array and other forms of renewable energy. While formal tours will be available to schools and other organizations, the displays highlight CV's power supply history and explain how five different renewable energy sources create electricity.

"We felt it was important to not just build the solar array, but to make it accessible to the public so people could learn about the project and renewable energy production," CV President Bob Young said. "We are quite proud of the fact that we have arguably the cleanest power supply in the nation, but we also wanted to explain in simple terms the complexities of renewable energy generation."

The displays are designed for all ages, and provide simple but factual explanations of generation via wind, water, biomass, sunlight and cow manure, or CVPS Cow Power™.

Stafford Director Lyle Jepson said the project afforded students a tremendous opportunity. "Hands-on learning is critical to our students, and this project provided not only that, but an opportunity to work with a major local employer and understand how it operates," Jepson said. "They got to work with union members, with senior CV employees and with contractors, all of them as focused on the students' education as on their own jobs."

The educational aspects of the project prompted special note from the Vermont Public Service Board when it approved the plan last year.

"Unlike most utility projects reviewed by the board, the project is designed to be highly visible in order to fulfill one of its intended purposes -- public education of photovoltaic projects," the PSB said. "The integration of educational materials and interpretive signs into the project design, along with the proposed installation of new plantings, represents appropriate mitigation for any changes associated with the removal of existing trees... Parking and pedestrian access... plantings, and the equipment shed, all designed by local high school students at the Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, are intended to enhance both the appearance of the site and the educational value of the project for local students and the general public."

Matt Lash, marketing and business development director for the IBEW, which represents about half of CV's 530 employees, lauded the collaboration, which also included CV Solar and Wind, Sherwin Electric and Reknew Energy Systems Inc. "Our partnership with CV has grown way beyond the day-to-day operations of the core utility business," Lash said. "CV never considered using non-union labor, which speaks volumes about how we have grown together to serve our collective customers and the state of Vermont."

The 50-kilowatt solar project includes 264 solar panels, each 3 by 5 feet wide, mounted eight at a time to create 33 individual, stationary modules. Under perfect sun conditions, the project can produce enough energy to power about 50 homes; over the course of an average year, it is expected to provide enough energy to meet the entire needs of 10 to 11 homes. The approximately $400,000 project was funded by CVPS, a rebate on insurance related to the sale of Vermont Yankee, and a grant from the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund.

Contact:
Steve Costello
(802) 747-5427
(802) 742-3062 (pager)

(Source: Market Wire )
 

Sponsors

Symbol :

Advertisement

Market news:

  • Obama, at UN, eyes Sudan, Southeast Asia tensions Sep 24, 2021 04:23 AM

    • UNITED NATIONS - President Barack Obama is using his last day at the U.N. General Assembly to focus on averting renewed conflict in Sudan and easing growing maritime tensions between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors.
    • Obama on Friday attends a high-level U.N. meeting aimed at ensuring that an upcoming independence referendum for southern Sudan does not spark a new civil war.
    • Preparations for the January vote are well behind schedule, and there are fears a vote to secede will lead to violence.
      • AP Interview: Hiker talks of year in Iran prison Sep 24, 2021 03:55 AM

        • NEW YORK - Her 410 days of solitary confinement in an Iranian prison were mostly cramped quarters and endless monotony, but Sarah Shourd chooses to savor the few moments of joy: a proposal from her boyfriend and a birthday celebration complete with a chocolate cake.
        • Shourd, her boyfriend Shane Bauer and their friend Josh Fattal were captured in 2009 while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border.
        • Shourd talked about her experiences Thursday with The Associated Press in one of her first interviews since her release on Sept. 14 after officials in Oman mediated bail.
          • '50s pop singer Eddie Fisher dies at age 82 Sep 24, 2021 03:55 AM

            • LOS ANGELES - Eddie Fisher, whose huge fame as a pop singer was overshadowed by scandals ending his marriages to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, has died.
            • His daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher of Los Angeles, told The Associated Press that Fisher died Wednesday night at his home in Berkeley of complications from hip surgery.
            • His fame was enhanced by his 1955 marriage to movie darling Debbie Reynolds - they were touted as "America's favorite couple" - and the birth of two children.
              • US walks out of Ahmadinejad UN speech Sep 24, 2021 03:55 AM

                • UNITED NATIONS - President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traded accusations about their nations' nuclear programs, but both left the door open to further negotiations about the nuclear impasse.
                • In his speech Thursday to the annual summit of world leaders, Ahmadinejad also raised the possibility that "some segments within the U.S. government" had orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York - a statement that prompted members of the American delegation to walk out in protest from the U.N. General Assembly.
                • Mark Kornblau, spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the world body, issued a statement after the U.S. walkout, saying that Ahmadinejad "has yet again chosen to spout vile conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic slurs that are as abhorrent and delusional as they are predictable."
                  • Diamondbacks sweep fading Rockies with 10-9 win Sep 24, 2021 03:55 AM

                    • PHOENIX - Stephen Drew homered and had four RBIs, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run shot and the Arizona Diamondbacks held off Colorado 10-9 Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep of the fading Rockies.
                    • Jeff Francis (4-6) struggled in his second start off the disabled list and the Rockies got little production from Troy Tulowitzki to go home on a debilitating four-game losing streak.
                    • Notes: Rockies 2B Eric Young Jr. walked as a pinch hitter in the ninth after missing two games with a sore right shin, the same one he broke earlier in the season.

                      More news


Advertisement

    Recent Estimates

AnalystFirm NameSymbolEPS Estimate
XXXXXXXXXX CREE$0.54
gofasterstripesMr Lak CTXS$0.25
XXXXXXXXXX TOT$1.52
XXXXXXXXXX FDS$0.80
XXXXXXXXXX FDX$1.21
XXXXXXXXXX BRLI$0.28
anamrdaNA JNJ$1.15
XXXXXXXXXX SDRL$0.64
XXXXXXXXXX AXP$0.83
XXXXXXXXXX KWK$0.16