Where My Power Comes From
Reliable, clean and cost-effective power – that’s what we work hard every day to provide. GMP’s energy sources are 60% renewable and 90% carbon free. Together, we are creating a home-, business- and community-based energy system that is becoming more resilient in the face of climate change, and the increasing storms it brings.
Click on the link below to see all our energy sources:
Solar is one of the most exciting renewable energy sources because it can be accessible to almost anyone who is interested in reducing their carbon footprint and saving money over time. Solar projects come in all sizes from small-scale rooftop and small arrays near homes to large-scale utility sized solar farms powering thousands of homes.
Renewable Education Center
GMP’s Renewable Education Center is a great way to learn more about solar, and see solar panels up close. Vermonters are welcomed to visit GMP’s 264-panel solar array along one of Vermont’s busiest highways, Route 7 in Rutland Town. In addition to generating clean power, this project serves as a working classroom for students and others interested in homegrown, emissions-free energy.
Click here to see where solar is powering our state. You can learn where projects are connected to the grid and operational. We also show projects that are proposed for the future by substation and circuit.
*This map is updated periodically to try and reflect the latest information.
If you have questions about solar at GMP, contact the Distributed Resources team at 802-770-3399 or contact by email at DR@greenmountainpower.com.
Green Mountain Power’s two wind farms in Searsburg and Lowell collectively provide locally generated power for about 26,000 homes. Kingdom Community Wind, located in Lowell, Vermont came online in 2012 and serves as a great example of how community engagement and respect for natural environment can shape energy work for the benefit of all Vermonters.
Public tours of Kingdom Community Wind are scheduled during the months of June, July and August. You will experience the working wind farm up close and learn how we harness the wind to generate power.
Many of our facilities are LIHI certified which means we have met the LIHI Certification Criteria, demonstrating that the environmental impact is low compared to other hydropower facilities.
Collectively these stations quietly power Vermont affordably and reliably, generating enough to power 56,000 homes.
Some of our sites also provide fun public access facilities, like picnic areas and boat ramps as well. Two of our most popular plants for tours are Proctor Hydro, and our hydro facility in Essex Junction.
If you are planning an outing on or near the water, please stay safe and refer to the current streamflow conditions.
From cow manure to cow power – Green Mountain Power converts methane waste from cow manure to power for our customers, reducing carbon emissions and providing much needed support for our family farms. One cow produces over 30 gallons of manure a day. Now, multiply that by 1,000, the number of cows on a typical Cow Power farm.
There are 14 farms in the Cow Power program, with about 13,500 cows. That means we are taking out 73,000 tons of methane, which is the equivalent of removing 15,420 passenger cars from the road, burning over 8.2 million gallons of gas every year – that’s nearly 1000 tanker trucks of gasoline! All of this cow power helps power 3,200 homes in Vermont with renewable energy.
Learn more and enroll in GMP Cow Power.
Cow Power Partners
Cow Power would be little more than an idea without a herd of great partners. From our GMP Cow Power farm producers to the thousands of customers enrolled in the program, together, we’re making a big difference for customers. We’d like to give a bit shout out to our commercial Cow Power partners. Their investment is making a big difference for farmers and for our state: Groennfell Meadery, Killington Resort, Long Trail Brewing Company, Vermont Hard Cider (Woodchuck Hard Cider), Drew’s All Natural, Vermont Clothing Company, Middlebury College, Mary Meyer Stuffed Toys, Green Mountain College, Cobb Hill Community, The Equinox Resort, the Vermont Community Foundation, Cooperative Insurance, the Green Mountain National Forest, and the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park, which rank among our biggest supporters.
Cow Power Farm Partners
And of course this program would not be possible without the innovation, leadership and hard work of our family farm partners. Our farm partners include Benjamins Riverview Farm, Berkshire Cow Power LLC, Blue Spruce Farm, Chaput Family Farms, Dubois Farm, Four Hills Farm, Gervais Family Farm, Green Mountain Dairy, Kane’s Cow Power LLC, Maplehurst Farm, Maxwell’s Neighborhood Energy LLC, Monument Farms, Westminster Dairy, Rail City Cow Power.