DC Energy Innovations is a full-service electrical contracting firm based in North Hero in the beautiful Champlain Islands of Vermont. We are staffed almost entirely by licensed electricians and apprentices working under the supervision of those with a license. DC Energy Innovations was started by Dwayne Cormier, the company owner, ten years ago, in 2002. Dwayne has been a master electrician for 16 years and is fully experienced in all phases of electrical work.
The specialty of DC Energy is complex electrical work involving controls. In the past 7 - 8 years, DC Energy has diversified into security alarm work and renewable energy. Both give us the opportunity to get involved in more complex forms of electrical work.
Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems collect the sun's energy as heat. This is used to create steam to run a steam turbine to generate electricity. In addition, systems are being developed that can store the heat or thermal energy so that steam can be made and electricity generated when the sun is not shining.
This is the kind of technology that can be part of the transition to a totally renewable economy. CSP systems are particularly useful in areas with excellent solar resource where it would be great to have the majority of electricity come from solar. In these situations, there is the potential for too much solar power produced during the day to overwhelm the grid and have nowhere to go, while at night there would no solar power available. The CSP systems with storage would solve that problem.
If you are interested in more details about CSP systems, there is a National Renewable Energy Laboratory web page dedicated to this topic. This is the link: http://energy.gov/eere/videos/energy-101-concentrating-solar-power
DC Energy is an authorized participant of the Zero Energy Now! (ZEN!) Program. In cooperation with our fully qualified and experienced heating system and building performance partners, we can provide full home energy retrofits to bring you to Zero Energy, or as close as possible.
Zero Energy means a more comfortable home in the winter and summer that relies very little or not at all on fossif fuels. It also means saving money every year by generating your own energy using modern solar technologies. To make this transition even easier, for those who were CVPS customers before the merger with GMP, GMP will chip in up to $5,000 in extra incentives! Contact us soon to see if you can quailfy for this program!
We are now installing AllEarth Solar Trackers. This is a dual-axis solar tracker that uses innovative GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun throughout the day, producing up to 45% more energy than rooftop solar.
We can offer these as a direct purchase as well as a No Money Down power purchase agreement*.
*For Vermont installations only
Chamberlin's Farm Stand is a well known spot for those living in the Jericho-Underhill area and those driving past to go to hike Mount Mansfield. In 2015, we installed a 22.4KW solar array on the Farm Stand barn. This system was sized to meet the owners' budget and offset a majority of the electric usage of their farm and house.
In 2013, DC Energy submitted several proposals to the City of Burlington as part of an RFP to promote solar on city owned rooftops. We were awarded two projects. The one on BED's warehouse building began construction in July 2015. This is the largest rooftop system actually in the City of Burlington. This system provides renewable electricity for Burlington's municipal utility at a secure long term rate. It also helps keep ratepayers' rates low and fulfill the intention of BED to be 100% renewable.
Here is a link to an article about this project on the BED website.
Green Mountain Community Solar (GMCS) develops community-scale solar farms for sale to homeowners and businesses who do not have a good place for solar. These systems also provide benefit to the local communities where they are located.
To make their projects work, GMCS required a contractor who could design systems with maximum efficiency in mind. Not only efficiency of the system when operating, but, designing for the greatest simplicity and cost effectiveness in system installation was key. GMCS chose DC Energy for this project due to our experience in solar and electrical connection design and our ability to mobilize the necessary work force in a timely fashion to install the project by the required deadline.