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US Energy Secretary: Rutland on pace to be solar capital of New England

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"There's great progress being made, certainly again, on a per capita basis there and I understand, a lot of plans to do a lot more," said U.S. Secretary Ernest Moniz.

When it comes to Rutland's goal to be the solar capital of New England Moniz says the Marble City is right on track. Moniz toured Mark and Sara Borkowskis' "energy efficient home of the future" in Rutland Friday.

"It's been a whirlwind for us, you know. It kind of came out of nowhere and things happened so quickly but things have been fantastic, said Sara Borkowski.

Their house filled with visitors, including state and national leaders is just the latest excitement at their Baxter Street home. The Green Mountain Power initiative had the Borkowskis uprooted from their home for a week while they gave it energy efficient upgrades.

The upgrades included things like LED lighting that will save this family hundreds on their energy bill and make the home more efficient.

Adding on weatherization features, solar panels, and energy tracking technology to their home won't just save them money and energy, but create jobs, a project state leaders say serves as an economic model for Vermont and beyond.

"The goal is to do as much of this as we can all over the state and use what's going on here as a model for America," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont.

Moniz agreed saying "I was impressed yesterday to learn that the projects here are now below $2 a watt and that means it’s very very competitive economically.”

It’s just one home in Rutland that’s paving the way as an energy efficient and economic model for the country and one family making one more step toward Rutland becoming the solar capital of New England.

The "ehome" is a pilot project and there are now plans to renovate 99 more homes in Rutland County.

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