The Vermont Public Service Board plans a Jan. 6 hearing on an October application from Triland Partners LP for approval of a small solar project.
Thomas T. Garden, the Managing General Partner of Triland Partners, said in opening testimony that he founded Triland Partners in 2008 to utilize his property development experience to focus on the creation of solar energy properties throughout New England.
The proposed project will be located off of Northwest Hill Road in the southwest corner of Pownal, Vermont, on a portion of land owned by the Palmer family. On July 13, 2015, Triland executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) under Vermont’s Standard Offer Program with VEPP Inc.
The project will have a capacity of 2.2 MW (ac). The current design includes approximately 9,100 photovoltaic modules arranged in approximately 500 arrays of 18 modules each. The arrays will be supported by mounting system with approximately 1,000 vertical, pile-driven or helical-screwed steel posts.
Electricity generated by the project will access the grid via overhead electrical distribution lines extending approximately 400 feet from the project’s transformer to Green Mountain Power‘s (GMP) local distribution system on Northwest Hill Road. GMP’s local distribution system will require minimal upgrades. GMP will own and maintain the distribution infrastructure, but it will be paid for by Triland.
The project schedule calls for site preparation in late Spring 2016, with construction to begin in early summer. The entire construction process should last from 5 to 6 months. Commercial operation of the project is scheduled for the late Fall 2016.