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|Governor Shumlin, Vermont Electric Coop Announce Next Generation Solar Initiative in Vermont|
Program Will Bring Solar Power to More Homes, Businesses and Provide National Blueprint for Cooperatively-Owned Solar
November 11, 2013, Montpelier, Vt. – Today, Governor Shumlin joined officials from the Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), as well as Vermont legislators to announce a first-in-the-nation federal partnership for Next Generation Solar energy in Vermont. This partnership will result in Vermont’s largest utility-scale solar project, making solar energy an option for more VEC customers and providing a model for cooperative utilities and their customers across the country.
“We have been at the forefront of energy innovation in Vermont; we were early adopters of Smart Meters and deployed before any other utility, and we are going to meet Vermont’s goal of 20% renewable energy by 2020, 3 years ahead of schedule by 2017,” said VEC CEO David Hallquist. “But we can’t stop there. With this Next Generation Solar project we will bring solar power to more of our coop’s customers, at a lower cost, and at competitive market rates. And, by collaborating with other coops across the country, the Department of Energy and NRECA, our lessons learned will benefit all customers of cooperative utilities.”