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VPIRG Brings Solar Truck to Vermont


Published April 17, 2009 at 11:19 a.m.

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group has a soft spot for solar panels. Through April 29, the Montpelier-based nonprofit is bringing a "Rolling Sunlight" truck to 8 Vermont Towns. The solar-paneled truck is affiliated with Greenpeace's Rolling Sunlight project, a nationwide tour designed to raise awareness around global warming.

According to Andrea Stander of VPIRG, the Rolling Sunlight truck has 250 square feet of solar panels and could power 2 efficiently designed homes. The truck is important, she says, because it prompts onlookers to imagine what Vermont would look like if the state legislature took a more aggressive approach to promoting renewable energy. VPIRG advocates for closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and supports the pending renewable-energy bills S.119, S.54 and H.446.

Last night, the Rolling Sunlight truck powered film-projection and hot-chocolate-making gear at the Barre Opera House in Barre. Now that the weather has warmed, Stander says, "We're trying to figure out a way to hook up the blender so we can start making smoothies."

Want to see the Rolling Sunlight truck? Catch it at the following towns:

  • South Burlington, Sat April 18, Magic Hat Brewery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; main event 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Richmond, Sun April 19, On the Rise Bakery, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Burlington, Wed April 22, Church St, Outside City Hall, Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Shelburne, Thurs April 23, Shelburne Shopping Park, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Jericho, Sat April 25, Mills Riverside Park, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Randolph, Mon April 27, Vermont Technical College (in front of the Admin. Center), Noon to 3 p.m.
  • Montpelier, Wed April 29, Statehouse lawn, part of “It’s our choice” rally, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.