Vermont’s Middlebury College has broken ground on a site which will soon be home to a new 5 MW solar project in the town of Middlebury that will provide the College with about 30% of its total electricity usage.
The project is being developed by Encore Renewable Energy, and construction is set to begin in 2022 on 30 acres of college-owned land roughly two miles off of campus. The project is expected to be comprised of roughly 29,000 modules mounted on single-axis trackers.
The installation, which will have 100% of its annual generation purchased by Middlebury, provides a massive step towards the school achieving its Energy2028 initiative, which calls for the College’s use of 100% renewable energy by 2028.
The College meets the other 70% of its electricity needs with electricity generated by its biomass plant, other local solar energy production sites, and power from Green Mountain Power’s grid, which is currently carbon-free, with 68% of generation coming from renewables, on the way to becoming 100 percent renewable by 2030.
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