It's a celebration for getting more Vermonters off the grid.
"It's our goal to bolt this stuff on your roof at no up front cost, essentially installing for free, and then the monthly cost -- you essentially shift your payment from your electricity from the utility to a financing agency that has provided these panels," said Duane Peterson with SunCommon.
Homeowners who sign up will always have the same cost. What you pay today for electricity, would be the same amount you would pay to rent solar panels from SunCommon.
Johannes Otter is the newest homeowner to install SunCommon's solar panels and hopes to see more Vermonters make the switch to using the sun as a source of energy. "I encourage everyone to do it because it is, it is really necessary for the survival of humanity if we don't move away from carbon fuels," he said.
Joanne Heidkamp joined SunCommon last year, and as her solar panels work hard to create more energy than she's actually using, her meter is now going backwards. "By March, we were actually making more electricity than we use, which means we were putting electricity back on the grid, so in March, Green Mountain Power actually paid us twelve dollars," she said.
Last year, SunCommon installed 250 solar panels on homes and hopes to install at least 500 more this year. "Over the last decades, Vermont's family farms have had a tough go, and if we can help them save money on their energy and protect our environment at the same time, I'm really encouraged about that," Duane Peterson said.
Governor Peter Shumlin said he is excited to see the state developing a cleaner carbon footprint. "This is one incredibly important piece of our ability to ensure that Vermont shows the rest of the country how we can power our future with sun and we can build a brighter economic future because of it -- but most importantly -- a cleaner planet," he said.
And after a successful year of working hard to bring solar energy to more Vermont homes -- it's time for some birthday cake.
Monday, December 9 2013 7:52 AM EST2013-12-09 12:52:05 GMT
This year's Gift of Life marathon is set for December 17, and organizers in Rutland have their sights set on knocking off the Manchester, New Hampshire's one-day record with 1,968 pints. Here with anMore >>
We have an update on the preparations for Rutland's big Gift of Life Marathon later this month.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:58 AM EST2013-12-09 10:58:56 GMT
An American singer with Vermont ties is making waves with her music halfway across the globe. Jennifer Grout has emerged as the unlikely singing sensation on the overseas reality show Arabs Got Talent. UnlikelyMore >>
An American singer with Vermont ties is making waves with her music halfway across the globe.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:51 AM EST2013-12-09 10:51:48 GMT
Usually the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service is busy saving lives or responding to emergencies. But right now, members are selling Christmas trees to raise money for the finishing touches on theirMore >>
Many different groups sell Christmas trees this time of year to raise money for their organization. And for the third year, that includes an ambulance service.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:44 AM EST2013-12-09 10:44:43 GMT
Police say a Killington driver hit and killed a New Hamphire man. They say 26-year-old Kyle Wilson of Enfield went out for a walk overnight Saturday in Killington and never came back. Friends went outMore >>
Police say a Killington driver hit and killed a New Hamphire man.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 11:56 PM EST2013-12-09 04:56:59 GMT
An Enfield, New Hampshire man is dead. And a Killington driver has been charged in connection with the death. It happened Saturday night on the Killington Road. Police say 26-year-old Kyle Wilson wentMore >>
An Enfield, New Hampshire man is dead. And a Killington driver has been charged in connection with the death. More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:36 PM EST2013-12-09 03:36:50 GMT
A Burlington congregation made a short pilgrimage to it's new home Sunday. The Christ Presbyterian Church has leased property from the University of Vermont for the last 35 years. But UVM has decidedMore >>
The Christ Presbyterian Church has leased property from the University of Vermont for the last 35 years. But UVM has decided not to renew its lease.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:35 PM EST2013-12-09 03:35:27 GMT
The 5th annual Festival of Trees in St. Albans is helping to feed the hungry this holiday season. Thirty decorated trees are on display in City Hall. Some of the trees have been auctioned off and theMore >>
Thirty decorated trees are on display in City Hall. Some of the trees have been auctioned off and the rest will be given away at a raffle.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:02 PM EST2013-12-09 03:02:41 GMT
Burlington Police are looking for two suspects involved in an assault and robbery.It happened on Front Street Sunday afternoon. The victim told police he was held up at gunpoint by two African AmericanMore >>
Burlington Police are looking for two suspects involved in an assault and robbery.More >>