November 28, 2016 Wood stove Change-out Program Offers Cash Incentive
Wood Stove Change-out Program Goals:
- Reduce emissions of wood smoke in Vermont
- Increase the use of cleaner wood and wood pellet burning stoves in Vermont
- Promote sustainable and healthy VT forest economy
- Support VT wood and pellet stove manufacturers and dealers
- The old wood stove must be destroyed and cannot be an EPA certified stove (approximately pre-1988 wood stove). Therefore the stove cannot be on this list: https://www.epa.gov/compliance/historical-list-epa-certified-wood-heaters
- The old stove must be in-use
- The new wood or pellet stove must be EPA certified to have particulate emission limits equal or less than the limits listed above to receive an incentive
- An incentive reservation is required before the purchase and/or installation of a stove
The incentive is only available through participating wood stove retailers (for list of participating retailers go to: www.rerc-vt.org/incentives-program/application-forms)
Wood Stove Change-out Application and Forms:
For More Information on the Wood Stove Change-out Program contact the Renewable Energy Resource Center (RERC) at:
October 10, 2016 New Incentive for Commerical Wood Pellet Boilers
The Clean Energy Development Fund has increased the scope of its Advanced Wood Heating System incentive to include larger non-residential systems. Public-serving non-profit institutions can now receive an incentive payment up to $95,000 for converting to an eligible pellet or chip heating system.
The CEDF has also simplified the residential incentive for pellet heating systems.
Below are the incentives now available for pellet (and chip) heating systems for both residential (the Flat-rate Incentive), and larger systems (the custom Incentive):
Details on the new custom Advanced Wood Heating incentive
- Available for systems with multiple boilers/furnaces.
- Calculated based on the facility’s size (heated square footage).
- Includes an adder for thermal storage tanks proportional to heating system size.
- Includes woodchip systems (green and dry).
- Woodchip systems must meet an 80% (HHV) efficiency standard and limit total particulate matter emissions to no more than a 0.10 lb/MMBtu output. Pellet systems must continue to meet the current requirements.
Details on the flat-rate Advanced Wood heating Incentive
- Is now a flat-rate of $3,000 (the pellet storage & thermal energy efficiency adders were eliminating).
- Only be for single unit pellet boiler or pellet furnace systems; systems with multiple units must apply for the Custom Incentive (see above).
- All systems must have a minimum of 21 days’ worth of pellet storage.
September 28, 2016 New Solar Guide for Vermonters
- Vermonter's Guide to Residential Solar (2016)
- There are many ways to build and finance a solar PV system, and navigating these options can be challenging. This new guide aims to help homeowners decide whether it makes sense for them to go solar, and if so, how. The guide, “A Vermonter’s Guide to Residential Solar,” was written by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) for the Vermont Public Service Department. It is divided into sections so that readers can refer to relevant information at different points in the decision making and installation process.
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