Norwich Solar moves forward with 500-kW solar project hosted by Tibetan Buddhist retreat center

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Norwich Solar announced that it has received a 500 kW Public Utility Certificate (CPG) from the Vermont Public Utility Commission.Alternating current A solar array in Burnet, Vermont. The ground-mounted system will generate enough renewable clean energy to power about 135 homes per year and offset the carbon emissions of about 150 cars per year.

The Milarepa Center off Route 5 in Barnet will host the array. Milarepa Center is a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center named after his 11th-century yogi, who is famous for attaining enlightenment in his lifetime. An affiliate of the international organization FPMT, the center hosts public and private retreats and was founded in his 1981 by Ramatu Butten Yeshe and a student of Ramazo Palinpoche. The planning commission’s Barnett Select Board and the regional planning commission, the Northeast Vermont Development Association, all approved “preferred location” for the site.

Martha Staskus, Chief Development Officer at Norwich Solar, said: They have been enthusiastic supporters from the beginning and are delighted to be recognized as a trusted partner. “

Dawn Holtz is Director of the Milarepa Center. She recognized the potential for solar power to take advantage of the open fields adjacent to the existing transmission corridors on the site.

“As a donation-based nonprofit, hosting Solar Array will help the center reach its financial goals over the next 25 years,” Holtz said. will continue to secure

She also said, “The unanimous approval of the Center by its board members demonstrates the Center’s strong commitment to sustainable operations, and because of the goodwill that spreads through renewable solar energy generation for external communities, the body It is an example of the Buddhist practice of ‘Chitta’. “

Norwich Solar develops many types of commercial solar projects, including onsite solar for businesses and municipalities, and community solar projects like this one in Barnet. Net metering credits generated from community solar arrays are allocated to various customers in Vermont. Through Norwich Solar’s Small Business Community Solar Alliance, the project has been assigned to various small businesses, mostly agricultural producers. The program is open to any Vermont business whose annual electricity bill for Green Mountain Power exceeds $10,000. By participating in community solar projects like this, Vermont business owners can save on energy costs while contributing to a more vibrant local economy.

The project has several more milestones to complete, including permits, final design and procurement before physical work is expected to begin next spring.

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