To highlight and celebrate energy saving techniques and projects in town, the Charlotte Energy Committee has hung up eight sets of solar string lights at locations demonstrating examples of climate resilience.
The turnout was remarkable on a drizzly day in the low 50s to celebrate the newly installed solar system at the CCS compost shed.
Wolfger Schneider of Sustainable Charlotte not only designed a photovoltaic system for the Charlotte Energy Committee for its dual-use demonstration project at the compost shed at the Charlotte Central School, he took the lead on installing it as well.
Shelburne Museum teams up with Encore Renewable Energy and Bee The Change to develop two pollinator friendly solar projects
The Bristol Community Solar Co-op is coming to fruition with a little added benefit to support Clemmons Family Farm.
The Charlotte Planning Commission met on Nov. 6; one topic on the agenda was a response letter that will go out to DG Vermont Solar about its application for a 23-acre solar array project. Michael and Margaret Russell own the property at 2257 Lake Road where the solar array will be constructed; because the project is so large, it falls under the state’s Public Utilities Commission’s purview and does not need municipal approval to proceed.
Members at Monday’s Selectboard meeting passed the FY2021 proposed budget and articles for Town Meeting. The proposed budget was further trimmed by the Selectboard with suggestions from Town Treasurer Mary Mead, Assistant Town Clerk Christina Booher, and from the public. There were more attendees at this meeting than in several months, each there for varying topics, but the budget took center stage.
The Nov. 25 Selectboard meeting featured a shorter agenda, with members Carrie Spear and Fritz Tegatz absent. The remaining three members heard from various town committees on budget requests, solar RFPs and appointments.
Writing a column for one’s local paper is a challenge. As a volunteer who writes only to provide our community with something other than the news to ponder, I suffer from inspiration blocks for a variety of reasons: my full-time job, three grandkids, five kids, a house that always needs painting or cleaning or repairing, a lawn that needs to be mowed, dishes, laundry and cooking that must be done.
I read with interest Rep. Mike Yantachka’s commentary (9/20) criticizing the Public Utility Commission’s decision to reject an application for construction of a large-scale commercial solar array in the iconic Mt. Philo viewshed. My reaction to the decision was quite different from Mike’s: Finally the PUC “build everywhere” policy seems to have been modified to consider land-use planning in reviewing large-scale commercial solar and wind applications.
A serious blow has been dealt to a Vermont company’s plans to build solar panels in Charlotte. On July 21, the Public Utility Commission adopted a proposed decision denying the company’s permit, thereby casting a potentially permanent shadow over the project.
Charlotters Nate Carr of Church Hill Landscapes and Steven Wisbaum of Eco-Equipment Supply have recently become part of the…