Standard Solar completed a 3.2-MW solar project in Wallingford, Vt. The project, owned and operated by Standard Solar, will provide clean energy to Vermont’s electric utilities under the state’s Standard Offer Program.
The Standard Offer Program was enacted by the Vermont Legislature with the goal of promoting the development of in-state renewable energy sources. Standard Offer helps to ensure that the benefits of these new energy sources flow to the Vermont economy and ratepaying citizens of the state. Under the Standard Offer law, the power is sold to all of Vermont’s electric distribution utilities (i.e., not just the interconnecting utility).
“Sited on a 49.6-acre parcel of land that once served as a gravel pit and hot-mix asphalt plant, this project exemplifies how old industrial land or ‘brownfields’ can be repurposed to bring clean energy onto the grid and create a win-win for all involved,” said Thomas Hand, MHG Solar.
Completed and commissioned in January, the 9,018 solar panel ground-mount array is projected to produce 3,291,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in its first year. The estimated carbon offset is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 406 homes’ electricity use for one year and 296,750,995 smartphones charged.
The power purchase agreement (PPA) is with VEPP, Inc., the Standard Offer Facilitator for existing and new Standard Offer Projects. In its role as a facilitator, the corporation acquires electric power from Vermont renewable resources and then distributes it to all 17 Vermont utilities on a pro rata basis. It manages a renewable power portfolio of nearly 100 MW.
— Solar Builder magazine