The most successful wind energy projects share information and listen to the ideas and concerns of the community. VERA Renewables specializes in bringing together local and regional stakeholders in cooperative forums to clarify, inform, and stimulate solutions to potential development obstacles. Building community trust while making the process efficient and cost effective is the overall goal.VERA Renewables organized Vermont's first Collaborative Wind Planning Process by bringing together more than 30 local, state and regional stakeholders to guide the proposed Searsburg/Readsboro Wind Expansion project (Deerfield Wind) to permit. Our work with Georgia Mountain Community Wind, which received a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Service Board, focused on creating a community-oriented effort using local businesses and experts. We also assisted Green Mountain Power with the Kingdom Community Wind Project outreach effort by engaging Lowell residents in neighborhood meetings and door-to-door conversations. As a result, the Lowell community voted its support of the Project by a wide margin on Vermont's Town Meeting Day 2010.
VERA Renewables brings experience conducting public information meetings, providing presentations, and developing and disseminating outreach materials that provide the public with factual information and answers.