Community Solar for Community Action dedication announced

WESTMINSTER, Vt. – SEVCA is celebrating the achievement of a critical milestone its new project, Community Solar for Community Action, and invites the public to its project dedication Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. The solar array is being installed at SEVCA’s main office in Westminster, and the first phase of the project, the ground-mounted solar array, has been completed. When commissioned, the project is expected to produce 109.7 kilowatts of renewable energy annually for at least the next 25 years. This will be provided to area low-income subscribers through virtual net metering credits on their electricity bills as a form of energy assistance, helping them to keep their homes heated and their utilities on.

This innovative project, developed in partnership with the Minnesota-based Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, will showcase a new, nationally replicable model of energy assistance that addresses energy poverty and environmental sustainability at the same time. CS4CA was developed by RREAL as part of the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a national competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. Complementing SEVCA’s home weatherization and crisis fuel programs, CS4CA will be an important new tool in the organization’s efforts to ensure that all vulnerable households can meet their energy needs now and in the future.

SEVCA will be dedicating the project to the memory of Harald Schmidtke, SEVCA’s weatherization director of 25 years, who passed away April 2, 2018. CS4CA is seen as a fitting memorial to Harald, whose dedication to improving the lives of Windham and Windsor counties residents and the sustainability of our energy resources was unwavering throughout his tenure at SEVCA. The CS4CA dedication ceremony will be held at SEVCA’s office at 91 Buck Dr., Westminster. Those interested in attending should send an email to Linda Brooks at lbrooks@sevca.org, or call 802-722-4575.

Catamount Solar, a Vermont-based, employee-owned solar contractor, was selected to install the array. SEVCA would like to thank all its project supporters, including the Windham Regional Commission and dozens of local contributors, who have made this project possible.

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