Northern Power Systems, a provider of alternative energy systems, is about to break ground on a 28,000 square foot facility on a 7.2-acre land plot adjacent to the company’s existing building at Mad River Park in Waitsfield, Vermont.Waitsfield, Vermont – August 22, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The new building will serve to foster further expansion of Northern’s headquarters and will also expand the company’s research and development facilities. While details of the facility’s construction are being finalized, the current plan includes technology for on-site power generation, which will incorporate solar power and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems for maximum energy efficiency. The project is being funded by the Vermont Economic Development Association (VEDA), and facilitated by Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation (CVEDC) and will cost approximately US$4 million. Upon completion of the construction, Northern will lease the property from the State of Vermont. “This new facility enables Northern Power Systems to expand its facilities to the next level, as we continue to develop the commercially viable alternative energy systems which our customers demand,” said Jito Coleman, President of Northern Power Systems. To celebrate this milestone in Northern’s history, the company is hosting a Tree Raising event — a new twist on the traditional groundbreaking ceremony. The Tree Raising will bring together members of the community, government officials, families and friends of Northern Power Systems to plant a tree at the site as a demonstration of Northern’s environmental commitment. Northern Power Systems designs, builds, and installs highly reliable, state-of-the-art power solutions for industrial, commercial, government, and not-for-profit customers using a full range of thoroughly tested technologies, including wind, photovoltaic, natural gas and hybrid fossil/renewable power systems.