Another Successful Regional Energy Round Table

altOn Tuesday, May 29 2013, the Windham Regional Commission and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission held the Spring Regional Energy Round Table in Bellows Falls Vermont.  The event was well attended, with representation from eight Windham Region Towns: Brattleboro, Grafton, Londonderry, Marlboro, Newfane, Rockingham, Wilmington, and Windham.   The topic of the evening was financing models for municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. 

The event began with a presentation given by WRC Energy Planner, Cullen Meves, on the energy use results of seven of the regional weatherization retrofit projects.  Projects completed between 2010 and 2011 with EECBG funding saw a return on investment of approximately 10% in 2012 (conservative estimate), and an average savings of $1,250 on heating costs per project. More information about these projects can be found in the updated version of the WRC’s Weatherization Guide for Town Buildings

A panel discussion on energy efficiency and renewable energy financing followed.  The panel consisted of Rex James of Regional Solar, Renee Piché of Municipal Leasing Consultants, and Chuck Clerici, Energy Coordinator for the Town of Wilmington.  Each panelist provided a ten to fifteen minute overview of their financing models, and then opened up discussion for Q&A.  The powerpoint presentations are available below:

Cullen Meves, WRC Weatherization Project Results

Rex James, Region Solar

Renee Piché, Municipal Leasing Consultants

Follow-up discussions focused primarily on two topics: developing energy efficiency funds at the town level, similar to Wilmington’s model, and organizing community solar projects.  The Wilmington Energy Efficiency Fund of $25,000, established at Town Meeting 2009, has attracted grants and rebates totaling approximately $75,000 in additional funding for town energy efficiency projects.   With this funding, the town has completed weatherization improvements on almost all of the town’s municipal buildings, with a requirement that no project undertaken has a payback period of more than five years.  The town is currently evaluating renovation options for its final building, Memorial Hall, which will include efficiency upgrades.  For more information on the town of Wilmington's Energy Efficiency Fund, contact Chuck Clerici at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-540-7752.

Several town representatives reported an interest in developing a town solar array or a community solar array.  The Brattleboro Town School District has entered into an agreement with Southern Vermont Renewable Energy, Inc. (Soveren, Inc.) of Westminster, VT to purchase net-metering credits from a 500 KW solar project to be located in the Westminster Business Park. The Town of Brattleboro has entered into a similar agreement with Integrated Solar, Inc. of Brattleboro to purchase net-metering credits from a 500 KW solar project (site to be determined). The project will save the Town approximately $16,000 annually in reduced electric costs. Wilmington is considering a project to help offset the electricity use of the town owned buildings.  Interest in solar has been growing for some time now, and the cost has been dropping dramatically.  The WRC has taken note of this trend as a topic for future energy discussions and events.

Last Updated: 08 July 2019
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