“The Vermont Public Utility Commission has fined the Florida-based energy company NextEra $57,500 for violating its operating certificate at the largest solar development in Vermont.
Coolidge Solar — a subsidiary of NextEra that operates a 20-megawatt solar electric generation facility in Ludlow and Cavendish — was cited for three violations of its certificate of public good, including installing above-ground power cables, conducting drilling and using unapproved equipment.
The PUC’s report found that the Coolidge facility installed more than 8,000 linear feet of power cables above ground, instead of burying them. It also used nine 2.7-megawatt inverters when the project was approved to use 14 inverters with a capacity of 1.67 megawatts each. Posts at the project were installed by drilling into the ground or rocks, instead of the “the approved method of driving the posts into the ground with the potential use of ground screws or pins,” according to the PUC’s report.”
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Goodman, Jasper. VT Digger 29 July 2020.