FRESH Energy Team Works on VT’s Largest Solar Farm
In late May 2011, VWW’s FRESH Energy crew subcontracted with J.A. Morrissey and began work on an exciting and historic renewable energy project – the installation of the largest solar farm in Vermont to date. The project, designed and engineered by AllEarth Renewables, will consist of 382 solar trackers, each with AllEarth’s unique AllSun Tracker technology, on 32 acres in South Burlington. Once online, the entire system will generate 2.2 megawatts of power – enough to power more than 400 Vermont homes. The crew’s training and work has included assembling and mounting the massive frames as well as installing and wiring the anemometers and solar panels. It was dedicated on July 27th.
- Jeanne Morrissey spoke at the dedication about the project and VWW, you can hear more here.
Devon McDougall originally started working with Vermont Green, and through her training was hired fulltime as a VWW FRESH Energy Crew member. Says McDougall, “I’m beginning to feel less timid about going for what I hope to see happen, and I gratefully credit this program and the two fine counselors I worked with. I can’t say enough good things about Vermont Green and Vermont Works for Women.”
FRESH Energy is one of VWW’s social enterprises and aims to train and employ women in energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. FRESH Energy recently completed their work on the solar project and begin a three-month weatherization project at Northgate housing community in Burlington.