Union Mutual Goes Solar
MONTPELIER – Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company announced today that it has begun the installation of a solar array on the roof of its headquarters at 139 State Street in Montpelier. The array will be comprised of almost one hundred and fifty solar panels on a ballasted racking system and will generate approximately 54kW of energy for the Company. The project, which received a Certificate of Public Good from the State in July, will be net-metered.
“We are very pleased to make this move toward sustainable energy, reduce the Company’s operating costs, and lower its carbon footprint,” said Union Mutual CEO Michael Nobles. “We appreciate the support that we received from the City of Montpelier and the State Capital Complex Commission.”
The array, which was designed and engineered by Encore Renewable Energy, will not impact the architectural and aesthetic integrity of the historic building. The installation, which is being completed by Peck Electric, is configured in such a way that it will not be visible from points on the ground.
Union Mutual of Vermont Companies, founded in 1874, is a property casualty insurance group consisting of Union Mutual Fire Insurance and New England Guaranty Insurance Company Inc., both based in Montpelier, Vermont; and Community Mutual Insurance Company, based in Troy, New York. The three companies write a total of $179 million in direct premium annually through independent agents throughout New England and New York, and are all rated A-(Excellent) with a Positive Outlook by A.M. Best.