Killington – Orwell
Developed as one of four projects in a joint portfolio, the Orwell, VT solar farm was built to provide clean, solar energy to Killington Ski Resort, the Beast of the East and one of Vermont’s largest ski resorts. Namaste Solar was hired to develop this project from the ground up by first identifying the landowner and then collaborating with engineers, archeologists, biologists, land abutters, and municipal representatives to obtain the Certificate of Public Good and green light the project. Working in partnership with Onyx Renewable Partners as the long-term owner of the project, Namaste Solar also played the role of the EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) and holds the operations & maintenance (O&M) contract to maintain the system. The project was commissioned during the summer of 2017.
Special care was given to siting this solar farm; it was paired next to an existing solar farm on the property to make use of shared electrical and access road infrastructure to minimize impact on the surrounding land. Agricultural-type deer fencing was used to secure the solar farm and maintain a farm-like scene that fits with the local vernacular of the area.