The Town of Woodstock, Vermont, has been working for several years to increase its sustainability practices, increase local clean energy production, improve its environmental footprint, and reduce the financial cost of town energy usage. Now with the completion of a 500-kW AC rooftop solar project in nearby White River Junction, Woodstock is offsetting its Town electricity usage at all its municipal facilities with clean, renewable solar net metering credits.
Woodstock worked with Norwich Solar to enter into an agreement to buy solar credits from the RSD rooftop solar project at substantial monetary savings – all without upfront capital costs to the Town. The 25-year solar agreement provides Woodstock with immediate and long-term savings on their electricity costs while bringing more local clean energy generation to Vermont.
The project is sited on the roof of the RSD Transportation warehouse facility in White River Junction. Norwich Solar worked with the owners and operators of the building to lease a portion of their 220,000 square foot rooftop for hosting this Town of Woodstock solar project. RSD provides full-service warehouse facilities for general commodities, wood pulp, rolled paper, dry goods, and beverages, and is considered a food-grade warehouse. RSD also provides transportation services throughout New England and the Eastern Seaboard west to the Mississippi River and operates over 50 tractors and 125 trailers.
RSD is an early adopter of solar with a 10-year-old array for their own needs and is pleased to host additional new solar for the Town of Woodstock. Norwich Solar works with local businesses with large rooftops to provide revenue from hosting local clean solar generation on otherwise unused rooftop real estate.
Norwich Technologies Scope
Norwich Solar provides turnkey services as a trusted, long-term clean energy partner to towns, schools, nonprofits, businesses, and community members. Located in White River Junction and Windsor, the Norwich Solar team of experienced engineers, installers, technicians, project managers, and sales professionals work to bring more clean local energy generation to Vermont and New Hampshire customers.
- Projected Year 1 Savings for Offtaker(s) $13,600+ for Town of Woodstock
- Projected Savings over 25 Years for Offtaker(s) $568,000+ for Town of Woodstock
- Estimated CO2 Offset (pounds) over 25 Years 14 million (Total Project)
- Average yearly usage: 591,322 kWh/year at Sewage Treatment Facilities
- 153,094 kWh/year at EMS, Garage, & Town Hall Facilities
- 744,416 kWh/year in total
The system will provide local solar credits to the town’s sewer/wastewater treatment facilities, town hall, fire & EMS building, and the highway maintenance garage.
Environmental benefits are significant, with greatly reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions equivalent to 14 million lbs. of CO2 removed from the atmosphere, 162,000 trees planted, and 26 million miles not driven by a standard car.