Encore Renewable Energy Becomes VBSR Champion Member

Values-led Innovator Joins Leading Vermont Businesses for People, Planet & Prosperity

Burlington, Vt. (July 9, 2024) –
Today Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) announced that Encore Renewable Energy has joined the organization’s core group of Champion Members. VBSR’s cohort of 21 Champion Members, which includes King Arthur Baking Company, Seventh Generation, Ben & Jerry’s, and Green Mountain Power, are corporate social responsibility icons – in Vermont and beyond. Brands around the globe look to these Vermont industry leaders to learn how to guide their businesses toward a just, thriving, and transformative economy that works for all people and the planet.

Encore Renewable Energy, a certified B Corporation based in Burlington, is a leader in full-service community-scale renewable energy services, with a proven track record in project development from concept to completion and beyond. As a values-led company, their team specializes in reclaiming undervalued real estate for clean energy generation and energy storage, helping the organization revitalize communities and create a cleaner, brighter future for all.

Encore has 15 years of experience in the design, engineering, permitting, financing, construction and asset management of community-scale clean energy projects. From “Brownfields to Brightfields,” they are experts in developing highly complex projects incorporating innovative solutions on undervalued and underutilized properties such as landfills, brownfields, carports and rooftops.

Encore minimizes a project's impact on the land while maximizing community value by incorporating dual use applications alongside each project. This includes pollinator-friendly ground cover and solar grazing whenever possible.

"As a Vermont-based national solar energy provider steeped in the fundamentals of socially responsible business practices and as a business mentored by early pioneers in the triple bottom line business model here in Vermont, becoming a VBSR Champion Member further underscores our commitment to leveraging business as a force for good,” said Chad Farrell, Founder and co-CEO of Encore Renewable Energy. “As Vermont businesses look for ways to benefit from the rapidly growing climate economy, navigate housing shortages and fight for more affordable healthcare, VBSR’s mission provides a tangible way for values-led businesses across the state to join forces to create positive social change and environmental impact.”  

VBSR Champion Members include The Alchemist, Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Casella Waste Systems, Ceres Collaborative, Champlain Investment Partners, Chroma Technology, Dinse, Encore Renewable Energy, Green Mountain Power, Hula, King Arthur Baking Company, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Mamava, National Life Group, Paul Frank + Collins, Seventh Generation, SunCommon, Union Mutual, VEIC, Vermont Creamery, and VSECU.

About VBSR
VBSR is a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to leverage the power of business for positive social and environmental impact. VBSR’s 700 member businesses and organizations strive toward a just, thriving, and transformative economy that works for all people and the planet through shared learning, community building, and collective action. Learn more or join the cause at www.vbsr.org.