In support of Vermont’s clean energy goals to secure 90% of the state’s energy supply from renewables by 2050, VELCO is proposing to construct “Pinnacle Solar” a 500 kW solar facility and battery storage project at its Pinnacle Ridge campus in Rutland, VT.
The project is sited adjacent to VELCO’s main campus buildings in a partially wooded area with southerly slopes that was historically used as a sand pit. The battery storage component will include the batteries in a secure container and several inverters located within the project fence line.
VELCO submitted a 45-day advance notice on May 14, 2019 and will file a petition for a Certificate of Public Good on June 28, 2019.
About PUC Rule 5.107
Net metering siting in Vermont is guided by a regulatory process, known informally as PUC Rule 5.100 (technically Title 30 Section 8010 of the Vermont Statutes), that requires any net metering applicant to obtain a certificate of public good of CPG, from the Vermont Public Utility Commission before site preparation or construction can begin on a net metering facility. The Commission reviews interconnection approval from the connecting distribution utility, environmental reports, natural resource assessments, aesthetic analysis, among other project impacts. The permitting process for net-metering projects of this size follows the guidelines set out under PUC Rule 5.107 (projects over 50 kW that are not photovoltaic system mounted on a roof or hydroelectricity facilities)
More information about the 5.100 process:
The 45-Day Notice package is a detailed project description sent 45 days before filing with the Public Utility Commission to state agencies, local officials and adjoining landowners to enable community leaders and neighbors to review and discuss the project’s impacts, and to provide input before the start of formal proceedings before the Commission. The 45-day notice is a requirement of Vermont Law and Public Utility Commission rules.
VELCO filed a petition for Certificate of Public Good (CPG) and supporting documents seeking approval of the Pinnacle Solar project with the Public Utility Commmision on July 1, 2019.
The regulatory process provides a variety of public participation opportunities. VELCO invites any interested stakeholder to contact us with questions or comments about the project. If you are interested in meeting with a VELCO representative, please contact Shana Louiselle, Public Outreach representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-770-6381.