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EOS Ventures awaits state OK for largest solar panel project in Northeast

In Bennington, Energy, Environment, Pownal on August 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Story by Community Journalist, Bill Densmore

Tyler Fairbank

BENNINGTON, Vt. — EOS Ventures, of Hancock, Mass., is awaiting Vermont state approval to being construction of a $7 million to $10 million solar-electric generating project in nearby Pownal, Vt. Tyler Fairbank, CEO of EOS, described the project on Monday, Aug. 30, during a discussion on The Morning Show on WBTN 1370 AM. He was interviewed by Shires Media volunteers Bill Densmore and Michael Keane. The 2.2-megawatt facility will incude some 8,000 photovoltaic solar panels atop 4- to 10-foot poles on 10 acres. The site is at the former Green Mountain Park, a horse and then dog track that has been largely dormant for at least 20 years.   The key to the project working is a 25-year contract under which utilities will purchase the power it generates for 30 cents per kilowatt hour. That compares with 15 to 18 cents per kilowatt hour that consumers pay for electricity. The difference is a government subsidy that encourages renewable-energy projects, Fairbank said.  He said the project, when complete, will be the largest solar-panel array in New England.  Click on the link below to hear the interview.

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An Interview with Pauline Guntlow

In Arts & Entertainment, Energy, Environment, Local Business, Local News, Pownal on June 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Story by Community Journalists, Dawn and Ray Rodrigues

Pownal, Vt.–Among the many events scheduled to celebrate Pownal’s 250th Anniversary is a tour of homes in Pownal, featuring five houses built between 1750 and 2009.

Date: June 26, 2010
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (visit as few or as many houses as you want)
Location: A map of the five houses is available at the Studio Art Works store on Route 7.

Free and open to the public. Donations welcome.

Sponsored by the Pownal Valley Affordable Housing Committee and organized by Pauline Guntlow, the tour focuses on energy-efficiency over time.  The self-guided tour starts at the Studio Works Art store on Route 7 in Pownal.  There visitors can view a video and pick up directions to the houses.

Here is an interview that Ray Rodrigues, Chair of the Pownal 250th Celebration Committee, conducted with Pauline Guntlow.