- Vermont-based Green Mountain Solar selected to install rooftop systems on homes in new all-electric neighborhood
- Rooftop solar paired with Tesla Powerwall battery storage to ensure reliability for homeowners during increasingly severe weather
- Batteries can be used as stored clean energy during peak demand to reduce costs for all customers
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) announced today that local solar company Green Mountain Solar of South Burlington was selected as the exclusive rooftop solar installer for the Resilient Neighborhood program, an all-electric, fully storm resilient neighborhood under construction in South Burlington in partnership with the Vermont property development company O’Brien Brothers. GMP and O’Brien Brothers announced the first of its kind neighborhood of 155 homes called Hillside East at O’Brien Farm in May.
“As a local company committed to our state, we’re excited to work with GMP and O’Brien Brothers on this innovative neighborhood and install rooftop systems for battery recharging. At GMS we’re focused on helping build more resilient energy systems for our customers. Severe weather is increasing, and the combination of energy storage plus rooftop solar panels will keep these homes powered up through storms,” said Paul Lesure, Founder and President of Green Mountain Solar.
Construction is already underway with the first homes expected to be complete this fall. Each home in the neighborhood comes equipped with resiliency features including Powerwall batteries for storage and backup power, and a rooftop solar system to keep the batteries charged. The solar and storage combination provides benefits to both the homeowner during storms and all customers on the grid when the batteries are used during peak power days like a heat wave, lowering costs and carbon for all.
“Our Resilient Neighborhood Program serves as a model for the rest of the country that can be replicated to reduce carbon and protect homes from the impacts of increasingly damaging weather,” said Mari McClure, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “This project is made possible by great partnerships with local businesses in Vermont, and we’re thrilled to use this as a model for more neighborhoods around Vermont.”
Along with home batteries and rooftop solar, each home will have EV chargers, all electric appliances including ducted heat pump systems, and Span Smart Panels which allow homeowners to easily manage their usage and resiliency.
“O’Brien Brothers is committed to building beautiful and resilient neighborhoods for the present and for the future; including homes that are highly energy efficient, provide a more comfortable living environment for our homeowners, and are more resilient to climate change including onsite energy generation and storage,” shared Evan Langfeldt, President and CEO of O’Brien Brothers. “We understand there is a need for urgency of action when it comes to fortifying ourselves from the impacts of climate change, and we are proud to do that work alongside such forward thinking partners as Green Mountain Power and Green Mountain Solar.”
GMP plans to build on this pilot with more storm resilient all-electric neighborhoods as part of its Resilient Neighborhoods Program. You can learn more about design options and pricing at Hillside East at O’Brien Farm.
Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power
Severe weather is increasing, and the combination of energy storage plus rooftop solar panels will keep these homes powered up through storms.Paul Lesure, Founder and President of Green Mountain Solar.