Brandon Selectboard Votes to Support 20-Megawatt ‘Davenport’ Solar Project

Project will generate clean, affordable energy for 5,000 homes, spur economic development and decrease regional carbon emissions

Brandon joins the towns of Ludlow and Sheldon in supporting Ranger Solar projects

Brandon, VT. – The Town of Brandon Selectboard voted Monday night to support a 20-megawatt solar project proposed by Ranger Solar.

The project, named Davenport Solar after the early 19th Century Brandon resident who invented the DC electric motor, will be located on lower Carver Street, a section of unpaved road within the Town of Brandon.

An analysis shows a similar 20-megawatt project would generate approximately 33,000-megawatt hours (MWh) of clean electricity, enough to power over 5,000 Vermont homes.  The project could also create an estimated 245 job-years, $15 million in labor income and add more than $25 million to the state’s GDP over its first 20 years of operation.

In a resolution passed by the board, the town noted that Ranger has “communicated with town officials, boards, and citizens in a transparent and proactive manner beyond any legal requirements, and has sited this array to the benefit of the Town and its residents and visitors in an unobtrusive location not within the Route 7 or Route 73 gateway viewsheds.”

The resolution further noted that Ranger Solar listened to concerns expressed by members of the public and altered the project’s design to address wetland and wildlife corridors. The board also concluded the proposed solar array is consistent with the solar energy provisions of the town plan and that the proposed project will provide a positive economic benefit to local taxpayers.

“The Davenport Solar Project will generate clean, renewable power at prices far cheaper than existing and other proposed renewable energy facilities in state, helping Vermonters save money on their power bills,” said Adam Cohen, president of Ranger Solar.  “We work very closely with communities to make our proposal the very best they can be because we want to be long-term members of the community and of the state’s clean energy economy. We are grateful for Brandon’s support and look forward to working with them as this project moves forward.”

Ranger Solar is a New England based solar energy company. Led by an experienced renewable energy team and veteran environmental specialists, the company is committed to working closely with landowners and communities to bring new investment and clean energy to the region.

Solar provides an unlimited and free source of fuel making it a secure long-term component of our nation’s energy mix.  The sun provides a predictable energy supply without the price volatility associated with fossil fuels.  In fact, solar is Vermont’s most abundant fuel source–that’s why solar is one of the fastest growing energy sectors in the northeast. The New England region has sufficient solar energy available to power more than 4 million American homes.  The cost of solar energy has dropped about 76 percent since 2006.