Encore Renewable Energy and Vermont Electric Cooperative have announced the commissioning of two new solar projects with 4.5 MW of new clean energy generation in Jericho, Vermont. The two new solar panels include a 2.3 MW project on the city’s former gravel pit and a 2.2 MW project on the former municipal landfill. These new arrays support VEC’s goals of achieving 100% renewable energy supply by 2030 and represent the fourth and fifth utility-scale solar projects commissioned by VEC, four of which were developed in partnership with Encore Renewable Energy.
The Jericho landfill, which served the community for decades, was closed and capped in 1992. The gravel pit in Jericho was also a source of gravel for city roads for decades. Using these two preferred locations for solar power generation, as defined by the state of Vermont, allows additional land in the city to be preserved or used for other higher and better uses, including housing and agriculture.
“Using otherwise undeveloped renewable energy property to turn brownfields into brightfields is at its core a threefold undertaking,” said Chad Farrell, founder and CEO of Encore Renewable Energy. “Our team leveraged our collective expertise, experience and determination to address the very real challenges of developing solar panels on these types of properties, ultimately delivering two projects that will benefit the local community while also extending the Vermont Electric to deliver.
Cooperative with a cost-efficient source of renewable energy for its members.”
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