Congressman Peter Welch joins Vermont Public Power Supply Authority and Encore Renewable Energy to celebrate Trombley Hill Solar Project

Pictured from Left to Right: Tom Snipp (Morrisville Water & Light Trustee), Craig Myotte (Morrisville Water & Light General Manager), State Senator Richard Westman, Rep. Peter Welch, Ken Nolan (VPPSA General Manager), Derek Moretz (Encore Renewable Energy Chief Development Officer), State Rep. Avram Patt

Morrisville, VT —   Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (“VPPSA”) and Encore Renewable Energy were joined by Congressman Peter Welch today to celebrate the completion of their 866 kW Trombley Hill Solar project. The project came online earlier this month and is the first developed under a partnership formed last year. This project is expected to produce approximately 1,500,000 kWh per year, enough to power approximately 208 homes. The project is the first of an initial portfolio of projects which add up to approximately 10 megawatts (MW) that VPPSA and Encore are working on together The energy produced from Trombley Hill Solar will become part of Vermont’s renewable energy portfolio, benefiting nearly every electricity customer in the state

“The Trombley Hill Solar project is an example of what can be accomplished when utilities and private developers work together to find innovative solutions that maximize local, state, and federal government programs,” said Ken Nolan, General Manager of VPPSA. “We have proven that it is possible to provide local renewable energy in a manner that is economical and equitable for all.”

“I am so pleased that we are able to provide property for this exciting project. While all Vermont utilities buy a portion of Trombley Hill Solar’s output, Morrisville Water & Light gets the benefit of having the real electrons from the project serving the load of its customers,” said Craig Myotte, General Manager of Morrisville Water & Light.

“This project marks the first of several achievements under the Encore-VPPSA partnership. By gaining efficiency of scale, we are able to maximize value for rate payers while also advancing our clean energy commitments,” said Derek Moretz, Encore’s Chief Development Officer.

VPPSA is a joint action agency established in 1979 by the Vermont General Assembly under Title 30 VSA, Chapter 84. It provides its members with a broad spectrum of services including power aggregation, financial support, IT support, rate planning support, and legislative and regulatory representation. VPPSA is focused on helping local public power utilities remain competitive and thrive in a rapidly changing electric utility environment. VPPSA’s membership includes Barton Village Inc., Village of Enosburg Falls Electric Light Department, Hardwick Electric Department, Village of Hyde Park, Village of Jacksonville Electric Company, Village of Johnson Electric Department, Ludlow Electric Light Department, Lyndonville Electric Department, Morrisville Water & Light Department, Town of Northfield Electric Department, Village of Orleans, and Swanton Village Electric Department. For more information about VPPSA, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About Morrisville Water and Light
Morrisville Water & Light (MW&L) is a non-profit public power utility serving over 4,000 customers in the Vermont towns of Morrisville, Elmore, Hyde Park, Johnson, Morristown, Stowe, and Wolcott. MW&L is governed by a five-member board of trustees and makes decisions through public participation at open meetings. MW&L prides itself on meeting the community’s needs while committing to renewable energy resources and sustainable practices that benefit the environment.

About Encore Renewable Energy
Encore Renewable Energy is a Burlington, Vermont-based leading integrated clean energy services company with a proven track record of reclaiming undervalued real estate for community-scale solar PV systems. Founded in 2007 as Encore Redevelopment, Encore specializes in the design, development, financing, permitting, and construction of renewable energy projects on landfills, brownfields, rooftops and carports. For more information about Encore, please visit Stay connected via Twitter and LinkedIn.