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We erate an 8 bedr bed and break-ast, eaturin 40k  Nrdic ski andsnwshe trails and untain bikin inthe suer. We als er ur Rund Barnevent center and hst an weddinsand events ear rund.
s H i, sk  bk C H, Vt  k .
 
We added tw 4kw AllEarth slar track-ers in Nveber, 2009. These dual axis s-lar trackers have rduced 60%  SleeHllw’s electric rductin in 2010(Ttal annual slar rductin  10,511kwh), The slar anels are rid inter-tied,and a just ver $0.15 er kwh, s urslar anels set $1584 wrth  elec-tricit r us in 2010. We received a 30%Federal tax credit, as well as a 30% VT taxcredit which heled ake the rjectre ardable. We aid $24,800 ttal a-ter tax rebates, ivin us an arxiateaback erid  15.7 ears. The trackersare cnnected t the internet, allwin ust nitr their dail, nthl r earlrductin at www.allearthrenewables.c (We are site ID #117)Slee Hllw is a ail run business.
 
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...2transportation ...................4, 5solar pV ......................................7wind .............................................8solar Hot water ....................11batteries ..................................12Hydro .........................................13renoVations ............................14ConstruCtion + ......14,16-17,19
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sustainable eatures
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- Group Net Metering in VT! 
By Nancy Rae Mallery 
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Dec. 14, 2010 Srineld, VT
iVeK C. s Cth
 is ciall the larest, rivatelwned “net-etered” sste in VT, at209 kW! It is exected t eet r90-100%  their electrical needs!!The sun cae ut, ater the clud,ra nths this ear, aln withse new snw that lasted int thernin. As I drve dwn t Srin-eld, VT, t attend this celebratin, itwas aazin - t see the sk en, re-vealin blue skies and the ln lst sun - just intie t shw uests hw the IVEK slar wrks!The ceren was well-attended, in-cludinthe installer, paul Biebel,as well as his sn, Ti- wners  prudent Livin  Windsr, VT. mrBiebel exlained that the rject wrked ssthl because  the ‘tea ert’.He thanked mr. Tann, CEo  IVEK and mr.Blake, oeratins manaer r entrustin thisrject t the. “It tk se aith n theirart. The jurne thruh the junle  aer-wrk and nances was re unredictible thanan  us thuht it wuld be. I a rateul tthe whle prudent Livin and Biebel Buildersand Brite-Lite Electrical Crew r their reci-sin ert as well as Jerr and Dn r ResTec,ur d riends and artners. man thanks ,as well, t Du gurne r stain just ahead us and als r Ji Willias r his beautiulence wrk. Last, but nt least, I’d like t thank gre Heatn r CVpS - alwas available t an-swer questins.” This tea cleted the rj-ect in just nine weeks r start t nish.I’d like t als thank mark r ivin e thisrtunit t exress  assin r Renew-
 LARGEST PRIVATELY OWNED SOLAR
 
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dn’t haveideal rs r slar wer, & wind turbinesdn’t usuall ake sense in sene’s back ard. S even thuh slar and wind wernw ake ecnic sense, an elecannt easil bece ener indeendentwith these surces even i the have thene t ake this kind  investent.A ew ears a the VT leislature adewhat was tuted as a landark chane thatwuld enable “ru net eterin” r wind& slar wer. The idea was that a ru  ele can install a lare slar r wind w-er sste that eeds wer directl int therid vs. bein lcated n their rert, buteach eber  the ru can al theirshare  the nthl wer rductin ttheir wn residential/cercial wer bill.generall, cercial-scale slar/windinstallatins are re cst-eective thanresidential-scale sstes. With tda’s ric-es & incentives, ebers  a slar r wind-ru shuld exect t see a cst-er-kwhver the 30+ ear lie  the sste that isbelw tda’s utilit rices.I have been invlved in ranizin twru-net-eterin erts in VT; ne thataied t install a 100kw NrthWind 100turbine r lcal anuacturer Nrthernpwer; and anther that is cused n slarwer. m initial cnversatins with wercanies and state reulatrs iliedthat the adinistrative rcess was still un-clear since the cncet was new, but that itwrked sethin like this:Sene r the ru inrs thewer can each nth as t hwan kwh credits shuld be distributed teach eber’s wer bill, based n theirshare  wnershi  the wind/slar ss-te and hw an kwh the sste r-duced each nth. The wer can wuld then alcredits t each eber  the ru, re-ducin r eliinatin their wer bill.Since this sunded easible, and sincether ru-net-eterin rjects inther states like Clrad have develedautated stware t easil handle thisnthl bill/credit accuntin, we havebeen rceedin t nd land and t setu
> Cot' o p.29 >>
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DC Ener Innvatinscleted the installatin  a 30kW slarpV sste at RTW pele's plaza, a sallbusiness in Richrd, VT. The sste is es-tiated t rduce clse t 100%  theelectric deand  the buildin.RTW includes several businesses, all inne buildin, which eet se  the ba-sic needs  the cunit. Included in thebuildin are a child care center, laundrat,tness center and tannin saln. The busi-ness anaer, Ta Rea and her ather,Richard Rea, were interested in cnvertinthe buildin's ener usae t renewablest secure their ln ter cst  ener aswell as t d their art in reducin the en-virnental iact  the business. As Ver-nt Electric Cerative (VEC) custers,their electric rate is n the hih side. Atercnsultin with DC Ener it was decidedthat, althuh their lcatin did nt havethe reatest wind resurce, their buildinr was clse t ideal r slar.The Reas' tk advantae  a ew rantst ake the rject re ardable. As asall business, the alied r and wereawarded a USDA Rural Ener r Aericaprra (REAp) rant r the rject. In ad-ditin, the were able t take advantae  the US Treasur Sectin 1603 RenewableEner rant and the VT Renewable Ener
how
 
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Community
 
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Letters to the Editor 
Nv. 8, 2010Hi Nanc Rae –Lks terric! I knw wh ur newsaeris din well: 1) s uch ener/enthusias in the aes, 2) trul rassrts – everne ets a chance t have astr, i ssible. Nt ull  bi us lecturin u and shts  hueinstallatins n individual can ard, butstries r the little us with attainableinstallatins.
- Thanks, Todd (Walker)
 
P.S. Could you send me a couple of hard copies of this issue for my les? 
Nv. 17, 2010Nanc Rae -I u have inratin n Thetrd'sEner Cittee, I wuld be interestedin havin it. I' in the rcess  trint et   the Net meterin rrawe are n with CVpS and switch verstate-wide, llwin the exale  gmp's net-eterin rate?Nanc, Bill,The Standard oer rra (Verntdes nt have a traditinal – FIT r secicreasns and t avid FERC jurisdictin) isadinistered thruh the SpEED rra t www.verntseed
 
.c. 
 The utilit has n jurisdictin , ninratin. yur exerience is nt a surrise.
The rra has been ull ever since itened a ear a (oct 24 2009). The list is ln and I wuld assue uwill nt ake it in.In shrt, REV is wrkin t chane se the net eterin rules and tentialllk t sread a gmp rra acrss thestate, but nthin et. 
Stand by, & please if not already, join REV! 
- Best, Lawrence H. Mott, New Generation
 partners And Chair -REV 
Biass Cncerns
oct. 22, 2010Dear green Ener Ties,Burnin rests r electricit, aka biassincineratin, is bein rsed as a “cleanand reen” wer surce, but questinsreain cncernin health, cliate andrest iacts.Unlike slar and wind, biassincineratrs ut ut harul llutantssuch as Carbn mnxide, Sulur Dixide,Nitren oxides, Hdrchlric Acid,Ania, Fraldehde, Chlrine,Dixins, and particulate matter.The Aerican Lun Assciatin citescncerns abut “severe iacts n thehealth  children, lder adults, andele with lun diseases” r biass,while the massachusetts medical scietstates, “biass wer lants se anunaccetable risk t the ublic’s healthb increasin air llutin.”In June, massachusetts released the“manet” stud, denstratin thatbiass incineratin will release relbal warin ases than cal ver thever tierae cliate scientists insistwe ust curb ur carbn eissins.Frests alread act as the lanet’s bestcliate buer thruh the sequestratinand strae  Co2. Accrdin t NASA,lin rests is the #2 cause  cliatechane.Instead  re biass, let’s rau ener ecienc and cnservatin-rerts estiate that Vernt culdeet 19-30%  electricit deand recienc easures alne.The realit is that n cbinatin renewable ener can wer theAerican wa  lie unless we transitinur liestles t sethin the lanet cansustain.
- Josh Schlossberg, CommunicationsCoordinator, Biomass Accountability Project Editor, Biomass Busters newsletter 
www.StopSpewingCarbon.co
m
 )Dear Josh,Thank you so
much for all of 
 your eforts and  your concerns
about biomass.
While weappreciate what your concerns are, I would 
 just like to make sure that our readers
understand that these concerns are indeed 
of value when it comes to making electricitfrom biomass. Josh is 100% correct in that there are clean alternatives to meet our needs for electricity -Solar, Wind, Hydro…
But - when biass is used t enerateheat r a cunit, erhas we need tlk at it r anther anle. I the saenuber  ailies use wd stves theat their hes r use ssil uels, whatwuld the iact be n ur envirnentin carisn t a biass acilit rheatin hes and businesses  thatsae nuber  buildins? The eissinswuld be hiher i dne individuall andthe rests wuld rbabl have less  an iact. A district biass biler burnslw-eissins, carbn-neutral wd(the Co2 released b the asicatincbustin rcess is n reater than theCo2 absrbed b the trees durin theirlie). These acilities, i run in a sciallcnscius anner strive t use lw radeand waste wd and encurae healthrest anaeent. The burnin is uchcleaner than an  the wdstvesthat are currentl bein used. Biassr heat can lead t a re sustainableuture, i dne riht! Is it a slutin thatakes sense r nw - until sethinelse devels that iht be better. 
 Josh
is
correct - when biomass is used for making electricity! He is right about our need to ramp up energy eciency &conservation! We must learn to reduceour emissions now & transition into a truly sustainable future. Let's all work harder toturn our wasteful habits into a higher level of energy consciousness. ~ G.E.T.
htt://www.utneschl.r
www.verntrealestate.c
htt://erleau.kisk-view.c/errisburh
 
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Spain Generated 3% o its Electricityrom Solar in 2010
Dpi Fallu--spaih slar sym Dlivrig Billi  kWh
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Wid nw Biggr ha Hydr r cal
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Prdu Mr Wid & slar ha caliria
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By Paul Gipe
 January 27, 2011
Red Electrica rerts that Sain enerated nearl 3%  itselectricit r slar ener in 2010.Desite witherin criticis  Sain's nce-thrivin slar in-dustr, rjects installed durin the b ears  2007 and2008 are rducin cercial quantities  electricit.The netwrk eratr's reliinar rert n 2010 sas thatslar ener rduced 6.9 TWh last ear r 4,000 mW  en-eratin caacit, stl slar htvltaics (pV), r 2.7%  sul.Wind turbines enerated nearl 43 TWh in 2010 r 16.4%  
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sul, slihtl re than hdrelectricit.Sain's hdr lants rduced re electricit last ear, 38
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 TWh, than antie since 1997. The new renewables  wind and slar in cbinatin r-
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vided 19%  sul. Tether bth new and cnventinal renewables delivered
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34%  Sain's electricit.Sain's cliate, erah, and ulatin are siilar t that
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 Calirnia. Sain's 46 illin inhabitants cnsue se260 TWh er ear.Calirnia's 37 illin ele cnsue abut 300 TWh er
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ear. Hwever, wind ener enerates less than 6 TWh erear and slar less than 1 TWh er ear. Tether wind andslar rvide nl 2%  Calirnia's electricit.
t twhr %r gw
Hydr
3814.6%16.7
nular
61.923.8%7.7
cal
22.48.6%11.4
Ful/Ga
1.80.7%2.9
cmbid cyl
64.925.%25.2
slf cumpi
-6.7-2.6%
Wid
42.716.4%19.8
slar
6.92.7%4
ohr
40.915.7%9.8
Pumpd srag
-4.4-1.7%
exprd
-8.5-3.3%
totAL DeMAnD
259.9
spanisH renewables generation 2010
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http://www.wind-works.org/FeedLaws/Spain/SpainGenerated%203of%20itsElectricityfromSolarin2010.html 
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h t  H, Vt
and AllEarth
Renewables, Inc.  Willistn, VT haveartnered t install 31 AllSun Trackers® nLan Rad, suth  the twn’s waste-water treatent lant. over the curse a ear, the 141 kWt htvltaic arrais exected t rduce 200,000 kilwatthurs (kWh)  electrical ener which willrvide ver 45%  the electricit used b Twn-wned eters.
Hinesbur is quickl becin the slarcaital  Vernt. Accrdin t the Re-newable Ener Atlas  VT, this rject isthe larest unicial slar installatin inthe state. When cbined with ther s-lar electric rjects installed b Hinesburresidents and businesses, Hinesbur leadsVernt twns with ver 500 kW  s-lar htvltaic caacit which rducesenuh electricit r ver 75 hes. 
“The Hinesbur cunit has beenver active irvin ener eciencand rllin ut renewable ener instal-latins r slar trackers t sall-scalewind turbines t slar wered arkinlihts,” said Alex Weinhaen, Hinesbur’sDirectr  plannin & Znin. “This slartracker installatin is anther excellentexale  hw the Twn  Hinesburis vin rward the cnversatin andthe actual ileentatin  Vernt’seerin ener uture. Tether withcunit ebers and ur businessartners, the Twn is denstratin thatlcal and distributed renewable enereneratin can and des wrk.”
“Hinesbur has taken an irtant stetwards ener indeendence and is lead-in the wa r ther VT twns,” said DavidBlittersdr, president and CEo  AllEarthRenewables. “This rject shws reat re-siht n the art  Hinesbur twn vern-ent b ndin an ecnical use r landthat was therwise nt bein utilized.”The AllSun Tracker is a clete rid-cnnected slar electric sste which cn-sists  htvltaic anels unted nles installed in the rund. The ssteuses a gpS
(Global Positioning System)
and adual axis rtatin t kee the slar anelsat a erendicular anle t the sun’s rasthruhut the da.This axiizes the aunt  liht reach-in the anels, which in turn axiizes theaunt  ener enerated, rvidin asuch as 40% re electricit than xedanel installatins  the sae size. mrethan 340 AllSun Trackers have been in-stalled in VT t-date, creatin ver ne il-lin watts  renewable wer caacit.
 AllEarth Renewables, Inc.
www.allearthrenewables.co
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