Gigawatt Sponsors

Paul Frank + Collins P.C.
www.pfclaw.com

Celebrating 50 years of service in 2018, Burlington-based Paul Frank + Collins has established itself as a trusted, full-service firm that advises international, national, and Vermont clients in core practice areas including energy and environmental law, employment and labor, business and tax, business immigration, captive insurance, commercial finance, litigation, property and development, trusts and estates, and patents and trademarks. PF+C’s 27 attorneys bring a depth of knowledge and committed focus to each new challenge, and offer the unique combination of worldly insight and local know-how to every client.

VELCO
www.velco.com

Vermont Electric Power Company—VELCO—delivers safe, reliable power to local Vermont utilities that serve homes and businesses statewide. VELCO’s high-voltage electric grid and statewide fiber optic system move energy and information through a billion dollar network that links Vermont to New York, New England and Canada. VELCO’s success is built on reliable service, cutting-edge innovation and collaboration that helps build a brighter energy future for Vermont.

Megawatt Sponsors

Catamount Solar
www.catamountsolar.com

Catamount Solar is Vermont's only solar company that is a worker-owned cooperative! Everyone that works at the company has a vested interest in the company’s success, so when you work with Catamount Solar you are always working with an owner of the company. Based in Randolph and serving all of Vermont and western New Hampshire.

CED Greentech
www.cedgreentecheast.com

CED Greentech was built on a long history of success in the electrical distribution industry dating back to 1957. As a company, we’ve pioneered strategies by bringing the newest and most advanced technologies to the market. With an international presence, strong leadership and dedicated employees, we excel in bringing the services needed in all of the industries we support. CED identified the solar market early on as a segment that we would thrive in through strong partnerships with everyone we work with and we’re excited to be changing the paradigm of Solar distribution with the Greentech Model!

Dinse P.C.
www.dinse.com

Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew represents developers, investors and property owners in the financing, construction, and operation of renewable energy projects. Our practice also includes advising individuals, businesses, and higher education and health care institutions in capital projects that involve renewable energy and sustainable construction and design.

Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, PLLC
www.dunkielsaunders.com

Dunkiel Saunders is a mission-based law firm helping clients in the renewable energy and energy-efficiency fields make a positive difference in a rapidly-evolving economic and regulatory landscape. Our clients, include independent producers, wholesalers, municipalities, and utilities. They are involved in virtually every type of renewable energy facility - wind, solar, geothermal, landfill gas, hydroelectric, biodigesters, and combined heat power (CHP). We work for companies, non-profits, and individuals who are focused on transforming the way we produce and deliver energy in our communities and around the globe. We have assisted clients on over 306 MW of renewable energy projects that have been permitted and/or installed.

Efficiency Vermont
www.efficiencyvermont.com

Efficiency Vermont is a statewide energy efficiency utility that helps all Vermonters to reduce energy costs, strengthen the local economy, and protect the environment by making homes and business energy efficient. Efficiency Vermont provides technical assistance, rebates, and other financial incentives to help Vermont households and businesses reduce their energy costs with energy efficient equipment, lighting, and approaches to construction and major renovation. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com.

Encore Renewable Energy 
www.encorerenewableenergy.com

Encore Renewable Energy is a leading integrated clean energy development company and certified Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) focused on commercial, industrial and community-scale solar PV systems and 21st century solutions for the redevelopment of underutilized property. Based in Burlington, Vermont, our philosophy is to create harmony between the natural and built environment that fosters sustainable economic growth, environmental awareness and community and social benefits. 

Since inception, Encore has developed projects on balance sheet using a develop-own-operate model and has provided turnkey renewable energy development, construction and financing services to distributed generation project owners and investors in a time- and cost-efficient manner. Encore manages all aspects of these complicated projects including design, engineering, permitting, financing, construction and asset management.

Encore has successfully commissioned 60 commercial-scale solar PV projects which together exceed 32MWp to date and represent over $75M in total investment value. 

Gravel & Shea PC
www.gravelshea.com

The energy group at Gravel & Shea brings together the talent and expertise of the firm’s real estate, environmental, financing, business, tax, and litigation practice groups. With backgrounds in areas such as telecommunications and utility regulation, members of the energy group have vast experience in representing clients before state and federal regulatory agencies, including the Vermont Public Utility Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Additionally, our attorneys have provided government relations, tax, real estate, and corporate guidance and assistance for a wide range of clients, from utilities to developers. We employ a full-service approach and deliver comprehensive project support that includes the following:

  • Representation in regulatory affairs before state agencies and other authorities

  • Guidance in federal and state tax matters, including tax structures unique to alternative energy projects

  • Assistance with acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and other environmental and real estate matters

  • Development and implementation of legislative strategy, including advocacy on behalf of clients in the Vermont State House

  • Business planning, formation, reorganization and financing

  • Representation in energy-related litigation matters

Green Lantern Solar
www.greenlanterndevelopment.com

No Cost, Guaranteed Savings! Vermont's leading provider of turn-key, commercial scale solar solutions. With over 50 solar projects operating in Vermont generating over 35MW of electricity, representing over $75 million in total investment, saving our customers over $1MM in utility savings, and recently being named as a top 20 Solar developer and a top 100 solar contractor in the US, we are Vermont's Commercial Solar experts!

Green Lantern Solar, of Waterbury, VT, is a full-service renewable energy company with a particular interest in working with owners to revitalize and re-develop low-value sites such as brownfields, landfills, quarries/pits/extraction sites and other challenging real estate that is not suitable for other forms of development.  We develop, finance, construct and operate projects for a variety of institutional customers that include: schools, municipalities, hospitals, local and state government entities, non-profits, commercial & industrial companies, private businesses, resorts & hotels, and large real estate properties. We have created a financing solution that allows all customers to participate in solar and receive guaranteed utility savings, without any up-front investment.

Green Mountain Power
www.greenmountainpower.com

Green Mountain Power, the first utility to get a B Corp certification, is partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP through innovation and transformation is helping people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power. 

Green Mountain Solar 
www.greenmtnsolar.com

At Green Mountain Solar, our goal is to provide the best solar experience in Vermont.  With significant industry knowledge and experience, we excel at finding the best solutions for your needs.  We never engage in high-pressure sales tactics or play pricing games.  We work as your consultants and offer you a great deal right from the start.

Green Mountain Solar proudly serves residential, commercial and municipal clients throughout the state of Vermont. We are a small but strong solar business which means we have a low overhead and can pass those savings on to you.  All of our installations are performed by our in-house staff - never subcontracted.  Green Mountain Solar hopes you will give us the opportunity to provide you with a custom design quote for your PV Solar or high-efficiency HVAC project.

High Meadows Fund
www.highmeadowsfund.org

The High Meadows Fund promotes clean energy, sustainable agriculture and forestry, and climate resilience in Vermont by sponsoring research and providing grants to 501c3 organizations and mission investments in pooled funds specific to our areas of focus. High Meadows a supporting organization of The Vermont Community Foundation.

NativeEnergy
www.nativeenergy.com

From energy projects that strengthen your supply chain to environmental initiatives in the global communities you call home, NativeEnergy works to make your intention reality. We help you meet your sustainability goals and achieve your objectives – from renewable energy to supplier resilience, small holder farm community development, human health, biodiversity, soil quality, and more – with custom projects that create long term positive impacts and transform your brand’s values into action.

The Nature Conservancy
www.nature.com

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in all 50 states and in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. Here in northern New England, we are working across borders to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future and rein in greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy, with environmental and economic benefits regionwide.

Norwich Solar Technologies
www.norwichsolar.com

Norwich Solar Technologies was founded in 2011 with a vision of rapidly developing and commercializing leading-edge innovations in Clean Technology. Our founders, Joel Stettenheim and Troy McBride, bring an exceptional combination of technical, legal, business, and clean energy start-up experience.

In addition, we currently have five PhDs and a total of nine engineers and scientists on our team with exceptional experience in Solar Energy and Clean Tech solutions to global energy challenges.

Our mission is to advance the integration and deployment of affordable Solar Power to help New England companies improve their bottom line while reducing their carbon footprint.

We provide turnkey services as a trusted clean energy partner to commercial and industrial customers including Development, Design, Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Power Purchase Agreements, Structured Financial Solutions, and Long-Term Operations and Maintenance.Our clients include Educational Institutions, Utilities, Municipalities, Commercial & Industrial Enterprises, Farms, Small Businesses, Churches, Communities, and Retirement Facilities.

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC
www.primmer.com

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC has broad experience in energy representing developers obtaining permits and financing for projects including solar, hydro, biofuel, wind, bulk transmission lines, and substations. We represent clients concerning rates cases, financing, mergers and acquisition. The Firm also offers energy clients advice on tax, drafting, reviewing and negotiating project documents, real estate, and general issues.

Québec Government Office in Boston
www.quebec-boston.org

Québec has maintained an office in New England since 1970, recognizing the region’s importance as a neighbour and a partner in a wide array of sectors. The Québec Government Office in Boston fosters economic, political, artistic, academic and institutional exchanges with the six New England states.

Vermont Economic Development Authority
www.veda.org

The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont’s statewide economic development finance lender. VEDA offers several different Energy Loan Programs to help Vermont commercial, small business, agricultural and forest product-based businesses finance qualifying renewable energy generation, energy efficiency improvement, and energy technology adoption projects.

VSECU
www.vsecu.com

VSECU, a credit union for everybody in Vermont, provides affordable financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable purchases.

Contributing Sponsors

Lintilhac Foundation
www.lintilhacfoundation.org 

Engaging Vermonters in their changing landscape.

University of Vermont
www.uvm.edu

World-class excellence in disciplinary and multidisciplinary research is the priority for the University of Vermont (UVM), one of the nation’s premier small research universities and a leader in creating and translating knowledge in service to the people of Vermont and the nation. Learn more about UVM research, scholarship, and creative works at www.uvm.edu/research.

Media Sponsors

RTO insider
www.rtoinsider.com

RTO Insider™ is your eyes and ears on the organized electric markets, putting you “inside the room” at CAISO, ERCOT, ISO-NE, MISO, NYISO, PJM and SPP. We provide independent, objective coverage and analysis of the wholesale electric industry’s markets and policymaking, saving you time and ensuring you don’t miss the issues most important to your interests.