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In Stowe, A Celebration Of Lamoille County Solar Projects

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This high speed electric vehicle charger at The Alchemist brewery is one of ten e-vehicle chargers being installed throughout Stowe.

A slate of Vermont dignitaries were in Stowe Wednesday to celebrate recent clean energy accomplishments in Lamoille County.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, Department of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia and others gathered in the parking lot of the new Alchemist Brewery, alongside a high-speed electric vehicle charger.

The charger is one of 10 vehicle charging stations being installed by the Stowe Electric Department. Stowe Electric also recently commissioned a 1-megawatt solar farm, as did the nearby village of Hyde Park.

According to Gov. Shumlin, one in 17 Vermonters now works in the renewable energy sector.

“[That means] jobs, money in Vermonters’ pockets," Shumlin said, "but here’s the most important thing you all are accomplishing with these projects and with these plug-ins: We’re actually showing the rest of the nation how you can get off of coal and oil and move to renewables while you create jobs and gain economically for your people."

Shumlin added, if Vermont is going to reach its goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050, then transportation has to be addressed.

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Stowe Electric Department's 1-megawatt solar project, on a former town gravel pit in Nebraska Valley, is now online.

Amy is an award winning journalist who has worked in print and radio in Vermont since 1991. Her first job in professional radio was at WVMX in Stowe, where she worked as News Director and co-host of The Morning Show. She was a VPR contributor from 2006 to 2020.
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