Three Non-profits Win Solar Grants

Three Non-profits Win Solar Grants

Three Non-profits Win Solar Grants

Three Rutland nonprofits will be going solar, thanks to $60,000 in grants from Green Mountain Power. Each nonprofit was awarded $20,000 to begin using the sun to create energy – and there’s still one more opportunity for another nonprofit to win a grant.

The matching grants that will help these non-profit organizations build solar projects are part of GMP’s effort to make Rutland the Solar Capital of New England.

“These non-profit groups will not only rely on the sun for a portion of their energy needs, they will help inform their clients and the general public about the benefits of solar energy,” said GMP President and CEO Mary Powell.  “We want to demonstrate solar in a wide variety of settings, so we are particularly pleased to award these grants, which will support three very public projects and important local institutions.”

Grant winners are the Vermont Farmer’s Food Center on West Street, Rutland Regional Community Television on Scale Avenue in Howe Center, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Hillside Road. Rutland-based Same Sun of Vermont will build the projects for the Vermont Farmer’s Food Center and Rutland Regional Community Television. USA Solar Store in Perkinsville will build the Good Shepherd project.

“Each of these projects will have significant environmental and economic benefits for the nonprofits, and will help engage the community at large,” said Steve Costello, GMP’s vice president for generation and energy innovation.

The Food Center is quickly becoming an important part of the western gateway to downtown Rutland, with hundreds of people visiting weekly.  The TV station will document the installation of its new solar array and air programs about it multiple times on three cable access channels.  Good Shepherd will use its array to teach students about energy at its Little Lambs Early Learning Center.

Nonprofits interested in applying for the fourth $20,000 matching grant from GMP should contact David Dunn at the GMP Energy Innovation Center at 353-1456 or email [email protected] for more information. The deadline for applying is Aug. 27 at 5 p.m.