Vermont-based utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) has announced that a new 4.7 MW solar project is now generating electricity for its customers and GlobalFoundries, one of the largest manufacturers in the state.
Owned by GMP and located on GlobalFoundries property in Williston, the facility will generate more than 8 million kWh every year, enough energy for more than 1,100 homes. GlobalFoundries will use 500 kW from the 4.7 MW project, with the balance provided to all GMP customers. Vermont-based groSolar built the project.
“We are committed to keeping our energy costs down for our customers by developing clean, locally generated power,” says Mary Powell, president and CEO of GMP. “We are excited to work with GlobalFoundries to bring this solar array to life to benefit our customers and show once again how energy can be a force for good and economic development.”
Janette Bombardier, senior location executive of GlobalFoundries, adds, “As an important economic engine for the state, we are so pleased to continue to innovate and use clean energy technology to power our Essex Junction facility. While this is a portion of the power we use, solar is an important part of supporting peak power loads. The data that will come from the facility will continue to help understand and develop this clean energy resource.”
Also located on GlobalFoundries property next to GMP’s solar facility is Sandia National Labs’ Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center (RTC), which conducts research on solar technology. According to GMP, the Vermont RTC is one of five such facilities in the U.S. that provides critical performance data on PV systems, including determining the effectiveness of operating in a climate with harsh winters, significant precipitation, and dramatic weather changes. The utility says it plans to share data from the solar plant with Sandia.