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Going Solar: Boom or Bust?

08/11/11 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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AP/Toby Talbot
Solar energy supporters say a new solar farm in South Burlington signals a bright future for photovoltaic energy in the state.

The start-up of Vermont's largest solar farm, in South Burlington, is seen as a sign that photovoltaic technology has a bright future in the state.  Other projects already online include a large array in Ferrisburgh and a CVPS solar installation in Rutland County. 

We look at the economics of solar-produced power with Tom Evslin,  entrepreneur and former Vermont Chief Stimulus Officer and Chief Technology Officer.  Evslin says solar photovoltaic power is a "terrible bargain" that's too expensive for both ratepayers and taxpayers.

We're also joined by David Blittersdorf, co-founder of Chittenden County Solar Partners, which operates the South Burlington solar farm. He's also CEO of AllEarth Renewables which designs and installs solar systems. Blittersdorf says Evslin's critique is short-sighted in light of rising oil prices and the potential for solar technology.

If you have questions or comments about the cost of power from solar, email vermontedition@vpr.net.

Also, Agency Of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine responds to reports of a serious backlog in state investigations of reported cases of elder abuse. We heard earlier from Vermont Legal Aid Attorney Barbara Prine who says the backlog is unacceptable. You can listen to the interview with Vermont Legal Aid on AHS backlogs here.

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solar_power david_blittersdorf tom_evslin renewable_energy agency agency_of_human_services business politics

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Tom Evslin's article on solar economics AllEarth Renewables Vermont Agency Of Human Services Vermont Legal Aid Vermont Edition interview with Vt. Legal Aid
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