2.2-MW solar project to deliver low-cost renewable energy to Vermonters

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Last Thursday, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA) and Encore Renewable Energy announced that the 2.2-megawatt (MW) Lawrence Brook Solar project is now supplying renewable energy to the grid in Morrisville, Vermont.
The new solar array is sited on property owned by Morrisville resident Jeanette Davis. Previously used for corn silage, the land now hosts a renewable energy project. The 25-year lease agreement will provide income for Ms. Davis and allow her to maintain ownership of her family’s land. 
The electricity generated from Lawrence Brook Solar is purchased by VPPSA on behalf of Morrisville Water & Light. The utility is increasingly providing its customers with renewable electricity according to requirements set by the Renewable Energy Standard. A portion of the renewable portfolio must come from small generators located within Vermont. Lawrence Brook Solar is expected to produce 3,500 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity in its first year, exceeding the in-state renewable generation requirements by 130%. 
This is the second solar array to be energized under the VPPSA and Encore Renewable Energy public-private partnership. VPPSA and Encore also aim to build a 10-MW solar portfolio together, accounting for 16% of VPPSA member utilities’ peak demand.
Under the partnership, Encore performs all design, development, financing, and construction of solar projects. VPPSA manages the resulting electric generation and maximizes its value for its member utilities’ communities.

“It is central to our mission to develop solar projects that benefit the local community,” said Chad Farrell, CEO and Founder of Encore Renewable Energy. “Lawrence Brook Solar goes beyond providing affordable electricity to ratepayers with the additional benefit of being a reliable source of income allowing Jeanette Davis to keep her family’s land.”

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