- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Two Vermont organizations are getting $2.8 million in federal funding to help promote solar energy.

Burlington-based Vermont Energy Investment Corporation was awarded $675,000 to examine how Vermont could get up to 20 percent of its electricity from solar by 2025.

The group is going to work with the Vermont Department of Public Service and the Regulatory Assistance Project, a Vermont-based non-profit energy policy organization, to create a plan to promote solar power.

The Institute for Sustainable Communities in Montpelier was awarded $2.1 million to work as a national coordinator of solar power groups to increase solar installations while reducing costs.

The grants were announced Monday.

The two projects are among more than a dozen recipients of Department of Energy solar funding grants nationwide.

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