Brattleboro, NextSun at odds over contract

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BRATTLEBORO — Selectboard Chairman David Gartenstein says the town received a demand from a solar company to enter mediation.

"We entered into a contract a number of years ago," he said at a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10. "We had a couple revisions to that contract. We are now not having a meeting of the minds with NextSun (Energy) about the meaning of the most recent revision and so we have a mediation demand."

With mediation being scheduled, Gartenstein said the issue will "fall into the category of pending litigation."

"Hopefully it will be resolved in mediation without litigation," he said. "But, litigation may be the next step."

Gartenstein declined to say much more except that the public should be aware of the dispute.

According to a 2014 report from Brattleboro's Energy Committee, the town chose Integrated Solar and Green Lantern Capital to install a 500 kilowatt solar electric system in 2013. A potential annual savings of $16,250 was anticipated as the town would receive net metering credits from the project. Then in August 2014, Green Lantern sold the project to NextSun.

NextSun did not return phone calls regarding the mediation.

Contact Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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