Law School’s Energy Clinic Nets Grant To Promote Community Solar

The Energy Clinic at the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School has announced an $80,000 grant from The John Merck Fund to enable faculty and student clinicians to expand the reach of their community solar work throughout New England.

The grant, which covers a 12-month period, funds a new staff attorney and allows the clinic to increase advocacy efforts, community technical assistance, and training and peer support. These initiatives will aim to help the region scale up its transition to locally developed, clean energy and provide a model for the rest of the U.S.

The Energy Clinic has hired Jeannie Oliver, an alumna and former Global Energy Fellow who returns to VLS after serving as special counsel for the Vermont Department of Public Service, where she focused on solar siting issues.


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