On fifteen solar projects were selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative, through the Solar Market Pathways program. Each project aims to expand the use of solar energy throughout the country. VEIC received $533,361 from the program to work in partnership with the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) and the Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) to create a Solar Deployment Plan for the state.
VEIC will lead the effort to develop a solar generation roadmap with the goal of meeting 20 percent of Vermont’s energy needs by 2025. The project will involve extensive collaboration with leaders in the solar energy industry, policy-makers, utility representatives, regulators, consumer and citizen advocates, and academic experts. It will also serve to support the implementation of Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan, which aims to meet 90 percent of state energy demands with renewable sources by 2050. In addition to the funding provided by the DOE, VEIC, RAP, and DPS will cover approximately 20 percent of the total project cost, budgeted at $674,817.
In a recent press release VEIC Executive Director Scott Johnstone spoke about the project, stating that it
will enable us to…get down to the practical work necessary to make Vermont’s energy vision a reality.