The first project for the Windham Modern Wood Heat Program was installing these new pellet boilers at Academy School in Brattleboro. Other boilers have been and will be installed soon.
Projects like these and energy conserving measures like insulation and sealing upgrades keep towns from having to purchase fuels in the first place. Conservation and alternatives like solar panels on closed landfills and rooftops are a much better measures to save and produce renewable energy than huge corporate-owned windmills on our ridge lines.
Dave was instrumental in the development of a contract between Soveren Solar and the Town School Board to create a solar array to provide the electricity for the town’s schools. This was the first school/municipal solar contract in Vermont and provided the model that has been used across the state to reduce school electricity costs and build Vermont’s sustainable energy infrastructure.
Dave provided the impetus for the development of the 5mw solar array currently being permitted for the Windham Solid Waste Management District’s covered county landfill. He initiated contact with Senator Galbraith to change the law so towns could go in together on a solar project, then as a member of the Waste District board, he led the effort develop the contract and get the project underway. This array will provide over $2 million in lease payments to the District (which includes all but one Windham County town). It will enable our towns to purchase electricity at the most favorable rates we have seen in Vermont.
Dave joined members of the sustainable energy community to promote and lobby for local administration of the Modern Wood Heat Program for the county. Pellet boilers have already been installed at Academy School in Brattleboro, and are in the works or planned for several other town and school buildings across Windham County. Having a local team develop and implement this program is building our infrastructure and capacity to expand our leadership in sustainable building and energy.
Dave believes the cheapest energy is the energy we don’t buy because we have conserved by insulating and upgrading our homes and businesses. Our economy depends on our mountains and our wildlife. Large corporate projects like ridge line wind projects with unknown health and environmental costs seem to be moving in the wrong direction. To reduce carbon use, the state should be supporting conservation and local small-scale solar projects so individual Vermonters can contribute i large numbers.
“Dave was instrumental in assuring that local energy experts won the contract to administer the Windham County Modern Wood Heat Program, which supports the installation of modern wood heating units in schools and municipal building s across the county.” Peter Yost, Building Green