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Renewable Energy Success Story – The Ferrisburgh Solar Farm



Ferrisburgh Solar Farm provides utility-scale solar power for the grid

This past November, developers Ernie Pomerleau and Brian Waxler brought the first 1-megawatt, state-incentive-supported solar project online in Vermont — bringing us closer to the possibility of clean electricity without dependence on foreign fossil fuels.



Overview of the Ferrisburgh Solar Farm under construction, with Lake Champlain in the background.


The 3,806 solar panel system, installed by REV Corporate Member Alteris Renewables at the corner of Route 7 and Monkton Road, will generate enough electricity to power approximately 170 homes per year.  The project was one of a limited number to be helped along by the SPEED and Standard Offer programs, and REV Member Green Mountain Power agreed to purchase the power. The Standard Offer Program guarantees renewable energy producers long-term contracts for the power they produce, at a rate that makes newer renewable energy technologies like solar competitive with older, fossil-fuel-based power sources.


Local residents, including city managers, state representatives, and the nearby Vergennes Union High School (VUHS), voiced their support of the project, as well as satisfaction that the 16-acre parcel the solar array was installed on went to good use. VUHS teachers in particular are excited about the real-world study of renewable energy, environment, math, physics and other subjects, now available to their students right next door. The Solar Farm features an open-to-the-public educational kiosk, and has posted a public view website that tracks solar energy output.


The Ferrisburgh Solar Farm was designed to minimize its the impact on the prime agricultural soils it is sited on. The installation, which required no grading and minimal excavation, used support structures that can be completely removed, allowing the land to return to its natural state after the solar farm ceases operation. By using local contractors and consultants, the project helped support Vermont businesses, jobs, and the economy.






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