Distributed Energy Resources

Construction starts on Vermont Public Power Supply Authority solar array

Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA) and Encore Renewable Energy recently announced that construction has begun on a new solar array in Morrisville, Vermont.

The land is currently being utilized for corn silage. 

Encore is evaluating the potential for establishing pollinator-friendly wildflower groundcover to provide support for bees, butterflies and other creatures.

Lawrence Brook Solar, the second project developed under a partnership that began in 2018 between VPPSA and Encore, will be located on property owned by a Morrisville resident.

The 2.2-megawatt solar array will be a source of income for the resident and allow her to maintain ownership of the property through the duration of the 25-year lease agreement.

In its first year, Lawrence Brook Solar is projected to produce roughly 3,410,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

The output is expected to fulfill Morrisville Water and Light’s distributed generation requirement to comply with Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard. Morrisville Water and Light is a member of VPPSA.

Enacted in 2015, the RES requires Vermont electric utilities to supply increasing amounts of renewable energy. A portion must be purchased from distributed generators, including in-state solar arrays.

This project is the second of a 10 MW portfolio that VPPSA and Encore Renewable Energy are building together.

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.

VPPSA is a joint action agency