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Dummerston has reservations about solar project

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DUMMERSTON, Vt. (AP) - Members of the town select board in Dummerston, Vt., have reservations about a proposed solar project.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports solar-power developers have been soliciting government to be partners in privately developed, privately financed projects in towns. The private investors take advantage of tax credits associated with such development, while towns and schools, under Vermont's net-metering law, receive credits on their power bills.

In Dummerston, Waterbury-based Green Lantern Capital is asking the select board and school board to partner in a 500-kilowatt solar project to be built on 3.5 acres in Westminster. Luke Shullenberger of Green Lantern said the town of Putney already is the anchor customer for that system.

Select board chairman Zeke Goodband wondered why Green Lantern needs the town at all. Others questioned the 20-year length of the deal.

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