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GMP solar net metering customers can now share credits to help small businesses and nonprofits

Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers can now enroll in Share with Vermont Green, a pioneering pilot program empowering solar net metering customers to share their credits with other customers. The shared energy credits will go to small businesses and nonprofits in Vermont recovering after the Covid-19 shutdown. Solar net metering customers, who are not already in a group share, can download an app to set the maximum amount of energy credit they’d like to share on a daily basis, and small businesses and nonprofits can sign up online to receive those credits on their monthly energy statements.

“This is a great new way for neighbors to help neighbors – which we have seen Vermonters do in so many different ways since Covid-19 hit the state,” said Josh Castonguay, vice president of innovation and engineering at GMP.  “This app lets you share new credits you generate to help the local economy, and you can adjust the amount you share – or stop sharing – at any time. By using an app, customers can turn it on or off – or just set it and forget it, knowing their generosity will make a difference for other customers!”

GMP launched this program as an innovative pilot that helps explore new ways to provide savings and services to customers.  The amount a business receives as a credit on their energy statement each month will vary depending on how many solar net metering customers sign up to participate in the program, how much energy they generate and share, and how many businesses enroll to benefit from the pool of shared credits.

Signing up to share solar credits is done by filling out a form on GMP’s website Businesses and nonprofits interested in enrolling to receive credits should email, and GMP’s Business Team will work with you.

The Share With Vermont Green Program is just one part of GMP’s larger initiative Go, Save & Share Green, which launched last month to help customers save money, reduce carbon emissions, and help one another during this difficult time. As part of that, rebates were enhanced and extended through the summer on heat pumps, electric mowers, and electric bikes. Another pilot program, which allows customers to reduce their energy usage while benefiting the Vermont Foodbank, is set to launch this week.

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