VIA is excited to announce that we have purchased 12 panels in Acorn Energy Co-op’s Community Solar Project in Bristol to offset the electricity usage in our Marbleworks office. This investment moves our practice further into alignment with our values – using renewable energy whenever possible and supporting projects that benefit our community. Acorn Energy Co-op’s community solar projects are unique in that the legal, financial, and ownership structure is entirely local. According to project literature, the solar array “is designed by Vermonters, for Vermonters, and…will ultimately be owned by the local investors who are project participants and who will benefit from the project’s energy production.” Current investors include individuals, businesses, churches, and several municipalities, including Middlebury and Weybridge. Construction of the 500-kilowatt project, which will cover about three acres on a 12-acre capped landfill in Bristol, Vermont, is expected to begin in the fall of 2021, with electricity generation beginning by the end of the year.