On October 23rd, VCLF Executive Director Will Belongia joined SunCommon staff, officials and renewable energy enthusiasts to celebrate the launch of SunCommon’s Community Solar Program with the installation of their first Community Solar Array in Waltham.
The Community Solar Program will provide access to solar-generated renewable energy for Vermonters whose homes that don’t get enough sun exposure to merit installation of their own solar array. Through the Program’s community-owned net metering model, a group of Vermont households are able to collectively purchase solar arrays to provide renewable solar power that meets their needs.
Over the next two years, SunCommon plans to install Community Solar Program arrays around the state to meet the energy needs of 2,000 Vermonters. “Everyone has a right to a healthy environment that starts with clean energy,” says SunCommon Co-President Duane Peterson. “We’re all in this together and our goal is to make it easy and affordable for regular Vermonters to participate in repowering our beloved state.”
VCLF was proud to provide financing for the Program’s first array. “SunCommon demonstrates the best of Vermont business: creative, innovative and sustainable with an eye on the community.” says Belongia. “We’re proud to work with them toward our shared goal of an independent, cleaner, more sustainable energy future for Vermont.”