CVPS plans solar project in Rutland

Under an agreement between the companies, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will complete the high-voltage electrical work, and students from the Stafford Technical Center will get hands-on educational experience installing the panels.

"We wanted to make full use of this project as an educational tool, and continue to build on our strong relationship with the IBEW," Young said. "CV Solar's excitement about working with both groups was a big plus. Some bidders said they would do so, but CV Solar's enthusiasm was obvious and genuine."

Added Blittersdorf: "IBEW members do high-quality work and are supportive of renewable energy. Having Stafford students working alongside our staff will give them valuable experience to begin a career in this field. We hope this project will begin an ongoing collaboration between CV Solar and Stafford Technical Center."

"Our union, in collaboration with organizations like CVPS, is clearly at the forefront of green collar job creation and Vermont's burgeoning renewable energy movement," said IBEW Local 300 Business Manager Jeffrey Wimette. "This project will bolster the first-of-its-kind solar training program for electricians that we unveiled in 2008, by allowing our members to apply their photovoltaic expertise to one of the state's largest, highest-profile solar endeavors."

The solar project will include about 265 solar panels, each 3 by 5 feet wide. The project, along with Glen Station, a CVPS hydro facility across the road, will include a renewable education program where students will learn about two renewable projects at one site.

Young said CVPS, which has among the cleanest energy portfolios in the country, would continue to support and develop new renewable energy projects. The company will expand CVPS Cow Power(tm) to up to four more farms this year and will begin a collaborative study of the potential of Lake Champlain weeds as an energy crop this spring.

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