Vermont company helps pay for employees’ solar panels

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Employees of Waterbury, Vt.-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters are going green at home—and their employer is helping them pay for it. 

The specialty coffee company is the first organization to participate in the groSolar Employee Green Benefits Program, which offers group discounts on solar power systems for employees. 

Through the program, Green Mountain contributes a portion of the cost of each system purchased by an employee, and groSolar, the manufacturer, discounts the cost of the system to the homeowner by about 25 cents per watt—about $1,250 on a 5-kilowatt system. 

Combined with state and federal incentives for installing solar panels at home, the system becomes affordable to the employee. 

The fair-trade coffee maker built Vermont’s largest photovoltaic array over the summer as part of its Changing Climate Change program, which aims to reduce the organization’s carbon footprint through operational incentives, grants, carbon offsets and employee benefits

Contact:  Sandy Yusen, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, (866) 968-2739. 

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