The Vermont Public Service Board is taking comment until April 27 on a March 2 application by Vermont Electric Cooperative Inc. for a Certificate of Public Good for a 1.5-MW group net-metered solar photovoltaic facility in South Hero, Vermont.
Michael Beaulieu, a Systems Engineer at Vermont Electric Cooperative, said in opening testimony that this 1.5-MW (ac) ground-mounted facility will be located near the intersection of Route 2 and South Street in South Hero. The project consists of approximately 360 PV panels supported by a ground-mounted racking system on driven posts. He noted that the original project size was 2.5 MW, but it was reduced to 1.5 MW due to wetlands issues in the project area.
The project will interconnect with the cooperative’s existing distribution line, which is approximately 2,000 feet to the north of the project site. The cooperative has received a System Impact Study from Crocket Engineering LLC, which determined that the project can connect to the system without affecting stability or reliability so long as the cooperative installs a lockable load break switch on the existing riser pole.
Vermont Electric Cooperative would like to have the project in service by Nov. 1, 2015. In order to meet this date, construction would need to begin by June 1.