Vermont gravel now home to 1.65 MW solar project


Encore Renewable Energy has built a 1.65 MW plantTHAT/2.3MWCC solar panel in a former gravel pit in Hardwick, Vermont, which will serve town homes and businesses.

Credit: Encore Renewable Energy

“This new solar panel on an underutilized gravel pit will bring tremendous value to Hardwick Electric customers,” said Michael Sullivan, General Manager of Hardwick Electric. “Providing our customers with renewable, reliable and, above all, affordable electricity is paramount and our community can feel confident knowing that Hardwick Electric has invested in cost-effective solar energy.”

The project site, owned by the Hardwick Electric Department, was recently decommissioned. Solar panel site now includes pollinator-friendly ground cover to support vital habitat for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths and other insects while improving soil quality and increasing sequestration carbon.

“Municipal utilities like Hardwick Electric are responding to their customers’ desires for more clean energy sources and leading the energy transition here in Vermont,” said Chad Farrell, CEO and Founder of Encore Renewable Energy. “This new array is a great example of solar power delivering triple value by converting a former city-owned gravel pit into a revenue-generating asset for the Town of Hardwick and its municipal electric customers.”

This is the fourth solar panel to come online since Encore Renewable Energy formed the partnership with the Vermont Public Power Supply Authority in 2018. Under the partnership, Encore will build approximately 10 MW of solar capacity in the territories. VPPSA member utilities and VPPSA will manage electricity generation, bringing Vermont one step closer to its commitment of 90% renewable energy by 2050.

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