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Here you will find CESA's reports, guides, case studies, videos, and more. These resources are listed in chronological order, with the most recent first.


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A Vermonter’s Guide to Residential Clean Heating and Cooling

January 12, 2021

This guide provides information on clean heating and cooling technologies to help Vermonters make informed decisions regarding heating and cooling their homes with clean and renewable energy.

A Vermonter’s Guide to Residential Solar

A Vermonter’s Guide to Residential Solar

September 28, 2018

There are many ways to build and finance a solar PV system. “A Vermonter’s Guide to Residential Solar” can help residents decide whether it makes sense for them to go solar and, if so, how. The guide is divided into sections that offer relevant information needed at different points during the decision making and installation process.

Vermont Solar Cost Study: A Report on Photovoltaic System Cost and Performance Differences Based on Design and Siting Factors

February 29, 2016

This report analyzes installation cost and performance differences between different types of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in Vermont. It examines solar facilities built on existing buildings, on new structures such as parking lot canopies, and projects built on open pasture land.

Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy Options for Vermont: The SPEED Program and Renewable Portfolio Standard

October 3, 2011

Report prepared by CESA and SEA under contract with NARUC for the VT Public Service Board and the VT Legislature.

Energy Storage Policy Best Practices from New England: Ten Lessons from Six States

August 5, 2021

This report explores energy storage policy best practices and lessons learned from the New England states. It aims to inform state policymakers and regulators seeking to expand energy storage markets.

State Pollinator-Friendly Solar Initiatives

January 22, 2020

Seven states have enacted legislation to promote pollinator-friendly solar development. This white paper provides an overview of these state efforts and offers suggestions for what other states can do to promote solar while also creating or preserving healthy habitats for pollinators.

Case Study – Stafford Hill Solar Farm and Microgrid

Case Study – Stafford Hill Solar Farm and Microgrid

January 23, 2019

Vermont’s largest utility installed a solar+storage microgrid in Rutland, VT that saves hundreds of thousands of dollars and can supply backup power to an emergency shelter. This case study includes technical and financial details, as well as lessons learned over the course of the project.

Cover image for Case Study – McKnight Lane Redevelopment Project.

Case Study – McKnight Lane Redevelopment Project

June 27, 2018

A defunct mobile home park in rural Vermont was transformed into the first resilient, zero-energy, affordable modular housing development in the country with solar and battery storage systems. This case study includes technical and financial details, as well as lessons learned over the course of the project.

Green Mountain Power (GMP): Significant Revenues from Energy Storage

May 3, 2017

Green Mountain Power’s Stafford Hill microgrid, a 4MW/3.4 MWh battery energy system integrated with solar generation in western Vermont, exemplifies the multiple uses and significant revenue potential of advanced energy storage combined with solar PV in a microgrid configuration, behind a utility meter.

New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership: Accomplishments, Lessons Learned, and Recommendations

October 28, 2016

This is the final report for the New England Solar Cost-Reduction Partnership. It offers the public insights about project accomplishments, successes, lessons learned, and recommendations for future actions.