Solar panels to save money for low-income Vermonters

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (WCAX) A new solar panel project makes sure low-income Vermonters aren't left out of the push for renewable energy.

SunCommon's solar panels on Middlebury Service Center

Green Mountain Power and SunCommon teamed up to put solar panels on the roof of the Middlebury Service Center.

The panels will be part of a shared-community program. People who live in Addison County and qualify can sign up.

The panels will soak up the sun and send the energy to the grid.

Green Mountain Power Spokesperson Kristin Carlson says people signed up for the solar program will then save money on their monthly bill at a 7 percent discount.

"Not everyone can go solar in their own homes, not everyone has the right kind of roof, and so if we can leverage a way to use existing roofs
and do it in a way that benefits low-income Vermonters, that's a real good win-win," said Carlson.

The panels will be up and running by the beginning of 2016.

About 25 to 30 people will be accepted into the program.

For more information or to sign up, visit or call SunCommon at 802-882-8181.