— Fifty customers signed up to get solar built in their city —
RUTLAND, Vt.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 13, 2014--
A community’s aspirations of a cleaner energy future were realized as
Rutland’s community solar project, built by NRG Residential Solar
Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), is
now delivering power. The 150 kilowatt photovoltaic solar array provides
power to 50 Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers who signed-up for the
The Rutland, Vermont Community Solar Project is now operational serving the needs of businesses and citizens in the region. (Photo: Business Wire)
“With the partnership of Green Mountain Power and the strong support of
the leadership and residents of Rutland, NRG has been able to build a
truly revolutionary solar program to help meet the electrical needs of
the city,” said Denise Wilson, Executive Vice President, New Businesses.
“This community solar project makes solar a possibility for all Rutland
The array was built on Hillside Avenue, just off Woodstock Avenue.
The agreement, which is one of the first of its kind between a utility
and solar developer, gives 50 Rutland residential and commercial
customers solar power at no upfront cost and a credit on their GMP bills
for the energy produced by the array.
“This project and the innovation it represents is helping make Rutland
the solar capital of New England,” said GMP President and CEO Mary
Powell. “Partnering with NRG Energy has made community solar work and
advanced Vermont’s achievement of its renewable energy goals. We
anticipate working together on additional projects in Vermont to further
develop solar as a meaningful part of our energy future.”
“Rutland is very proud of this array and what it means for the city and
its residents,” said Mayor Chris Louras, who is also a customer of the
community solar project. “Whether a person owns their own home, rents
their residence, lives in a shady area or cannot afford the upfront
capital cost of their own solar array, through this project, they can
have solar power and with it, the knowledge that they are helping the
environment as they save on their electric bill.”
About NRG Energy
NRG is leading a customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by
delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the
strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power
portfolio. A Fortune 500 company, we create value through reliable and
efficient conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and
renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology
and customer-centric energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers
serve nearly 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout
the country. More information is available at www.nrgenergy.com.
Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com)
generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of
Vermont. The company, which was named 2013 Utility of the Year by the
Solar Electric Power Association and 2014 Solar Champion by Vote Solar,
serves more than 250,000 customers and has set its vision to be the best
small company in America.
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