Ver­mont lead­ing the so­lar way

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The Depart­ment of En­ergy awarded a $1 mil­lion grant to Fara­day in Mid­dle­bury and $2.1 mil­lion to Nor­wich Tech­nolo­gies in White River Junc­tion. Th­ese funds are part of more than $53 mil­lion awarded by the En­ergy Depart­ment to ad­vance 40 re­search and de­vel­op­ment projects through­out the United States. The projects are de­signed to drive down the cost of so­lar en­ergy and bring in­no­va­tive ideas to the mar­ket more quickly.

Th­ese grants come five months after U.S. En­ergy Sec­re­tary Ernest Moniz trav­eled to Ver­mont in May to join San­ders, who serves on the Se­nate en­ergy and en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tees, Leahy and Welch to learn first-hand how Ver­mont is lead­ing the way in trans­form­ing our en­ergy sys­tem from fos­sil fu­els to re­new­able en­er­gies like so­lar, wind, geo­ther­mal and biomass.

“We have great news from the Depart­ment of En­ergy to­day, that two Ver­mont in­no­va­tors, Fara­day and Nor­wich Tech­nolo­gies, are re­ceiv­ing a com­bined fed­eral in­vest­ment of over $3 mil­lion to ad­vance Amer­i­can so­lar en­ergy man­u­fac­tur­ing and con­tinue to drive down so­lar costs,” said Gov. Peter Shum­lin. “I con­grat­u­late th­ese two com­pa­nies on their grants, and thank Sec­re­tary Moniz for his con­tin­ued support of Ver­mont’s clean en­ergy sec­tor. I also greatly ap­pre­ci­ate the fo­cus of our fed­eral del­e­ga­tion, Sen. Leahy, Sen. San­ders, and Con­gress­man Welch, who are strong ad­vo­cates for the Depart­ment of En­ergy’s part­ner­ships with Ver­mont.”

Fara­day is de­vel­op­ing a $2 mil­lion map-driven tool to iden­tify where so­lar ar­rays could be most ef­fec­tively de­ployed. The Mid­dle­bury company’s En­ergy Depart­ment grant will cover half of the cost of its project.

“Ac­quir­ing a so­lar cus­tomer to­day is five times more ex­pen­sive than for other home up­grades,” said Rob­bie Adler, presi-

matière som­bre et autres paysages hy­pothé­tiques The Musée des beauxarts de Sher­brooke is pleased to present the Québec premiere of the most re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion by Cather­ine Bolduc, a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary artist whose phan­tas­magor­i­cal pre­sen­ta­tions se­duce and chal­lenge the imag­i­na­tion. By means of a se­ries of large for­mat draw­ings with sin­u­ous lines and or­na­men­tal mo­tifs, a sculp­tural in­stal­la­tion com­posed of ob­jects from daily life, and a graphic in­ter­ven­tion de­vel­oped in situ, the artist re­veals all the power of fan­tasy and ide­al­i­sa­tion con­cern­ing our per­cep­tion of the re­al­ity that sur­rounds us. Her


Bolduc, (from the série 2013, 190,5 x 139,7 cm, Water­color and acrylic on pa­per. dent of Fara­day. The del­e­ga­tion noted that Fara­day is another bright spot in the grow­ing num­ber of tech com­pa­nies that call Ver­mont home. They have used the in­cu­ba­tor space and seed cap­i­tal de­ployed by the Ver­mont Cen­ter for Emerg­ing Tech­nolo­gies, which Leahy helped es­tab­lish and grow. Adler con­tin­ued: “The Sun­Shot award al­lows us to ap­ply pow­er­ful Fara­day tech­nol­ogy to this im­por­tant chal­lenge. We’re hon­ored to have been se­lected by the En­ergy Depart­ment and grate­ful to Sec­re­tary Moniz for his on­go­ing support of the re­mark­able Sun­Shot pro­gram.” works en­vis­age re­al­ity as a com­plex con­struc­tion, some­times un­set­tling, some­times fab­u­lous, of which the con­tours re­main largely elu­sive.

Nor­wich Tech­nolo­gies re­ceived two grants. The first of which is a $677,504 grant to fur­ther de­velop a “trough mir­ror” that will help en­hance the ef­fec­tive­ness of largescale so­lar in­stal­la­tions. The grant cov­ers 80 per­cent of the project’s cost.

The White River Junc­tion company also re­ceived a $1,391,548 grant award to cover half the cost of bring­ing the re­ceiver com­po­nents of its in­no­va­tive so­lar de­sign from pro­to­type to a sys­tem than can be man­u­fac­tured in a cost-ef­fec­tive way. This sec­ond grant to Nor­wich Tech­nolo­gies is part of a pack­age of grants awarded to 10 U.S.- based so­lar man­u­fac­tur­ers to support ad­vance­ments to re­duce the cost of so­lar en­ergy.

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