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Vermont Electric Cooperative gets two solar farms online in Jericho

Two utility-sized solar plants have come online in Jericho, topping a former gravel pit and a closed-down landfill — and are expected to generate enough electricity to power the needs of 780 homes, its owner says.

Burlington-based Encore Renewable Energy and Vermont Electric Cooperative collaborated on the project.

The arrays have a cumulative capacity of 4.4 MW, which places them squarely within the region’s big league of solar arrays.

Comparable solar farms include highly visible stations in Ferrisburgh (4.9 MW); the South Burlington landfill (2.2 MW); Hinesburg (1.7 MW) and Vergennes (1.7 MW).

Rooftop arrays, by comparison, typically yield 3 to 15 kW, or 0.003 to 0.015 MW.

A 2.3 MW capacity solar power station on a former municipal landfill in Jericho is seen on Oct. 8, 2021.
The site occupies about 7.5 acres.

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The projects in Jericho, which came online Nov. 8, play an important part in the Co-op’s plans to use 100% renewable energy by 2030, according to VEC spokesman Jake Brown.

Construction took about 10 months for the gravel pit project and 14 months for the landfill site, said Encore Founder and CEO Chad Farrell.

The cost of the projects remains confidential, he added.

The timelines for both were slowed, Farrell said, due to labor issues related to the pandemic and disruptions to supply chains for steel and the panels themselves.

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2021-11-17 14:55:18

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