Another landmark Northeast Kingdom Vermont business is going solar.
North Country Engineering of Derby, Vt. and AllEarth Renewables, a Vermont-based solar tracker manufacturer and developer of local solar projects, have announced a partnership that will provide the machine facility solar energy from a 150kW Vermont solar orchard.
North Country Engineering, which runs a full service 18,000 square foot machining facility for the manufacturing of precision machined parts and assemblies, servicing the aerospace, valve and pipe line, industrial pump, precision electric motor, and other component industries, will benefit from a new solar array by saving money on their electric bills and greening their energy use.
Once online, the new solar project will provide nearly all of the energy the Derby facility's needs annually with emissions free, net metered solar and provide the company long-term annual savings on its electric bill.
"For our business, the ability to save money on our electric bills by going solar represented a win-win. As a local employer rooted in the Northeast Kingdom, we wanted to do our part by using, clean local solar energy produced from another Vermont-made product. But we also know our business is stronger when we can reduce our operating costs at the same time," said North Country Engineering General Manager Tom Bronson.
The 150kW system in Jeffersonville, Vt. on land own by Robert and Tanya Nuzzo will produce more than 275,000 kWh of clean energy each year. Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) will remain with the project.
"Our family has long sought to make our land productive and put to good use. We are happy to now be producing power on our land that is going to a Vermont machine shop creating much needed, blue collar jobs for our state." said Robert Nuzzo. "This isn't some granola, tree-hugging situation. This is a future we need for Vermont."
"We are thrilled to be partnering with the North Country Engineering to provide locally-produced solar power for their machining operations. We see over and over great Vermont businesses sending a clear message that going solar helps make their businesses stronger. We are happy to be doing our part in that transformation," added David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables.
About the North Country Engineering
North Country Engineering is a full service machining facility housed in a 18,000 square foot modern building in the northeast Kingdom of Vermont. They are engaged in the contract manufacturing of precision machined parts and assemblies, servicing the aerospace, valve and pipe line, industrial pump, precision electric motor, and other component industries.