BY DANA GRAY Oct 12, 2019

Celebration Held At New Solar Facility Behind The Mall That Benefits Both School And Town

St J Solar Ribbon Cut 2ST. JOHNSBURY — At a ribbon-cutting celebration for a new solar power site on Thursday, middle school students were handed scissors and given a challenge to improve upon good environmental stewardship practices.

Six St. Johnsbury Middle School students sliced through the ceremonial ribbon as 2,200 solar panels behind them soaked in the sun at the solar field near the Green Mountain Mall. The renewable energy project was developed by Norwich Solar Technologies of White River Junction. The project will deliver financial benefits to both the municipality and the school district of St. Johnsbury through the renewable energy credits.

About 15 middles schoolers visited the site with school officials, including their principal and superintendent. The people who spoke before the ribbon-cutting directed most of their comments toward the children.

“The one hurdle we still have is how to properly store this energy when it actually is produced on this site,” said Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia-Orange. “Your generation will again be on the front lines of trying to figure out how to make that work right. So I hope you are studying real well in school.”