Published on November 28th, 2015 | by James Ayre0
West Hill House Bed & Breakfast In Vermont Goes 100% Solar & Installs Tesla Charging Station
Tesla owners on the lookout for a bed & breakfast with an electric vehicle charger in Vermont may be interested to hear that the West Hill House B&B in Warren, Vermont, has gone 100% solar and also possesses a Tesla charging station (not a supercharger of course, but rather a destination charger).
The recent move to go 100% solar was accomplished via an agreement with a nearby solar project/farm (Same Sun Solar Society of Poultney, Vermont), according to an email sent to EV Obsession.
The West Hill House B&B and Retreat Center is apparently the biggest (private) investor in the solar project — and holds a higher than 25% stake in it.
“It’s very important for us to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible. An investment of this scale into a solar farm is a great complement to our Tesla-designated charging stations. It’s very important to our many Tesla driving guests to know that when they are charging their vehicle and enjoying overnight hospitality, a minimal impact on the environment is being made,” stated West Hill House B&B and Retreat Center Co-Owner Peter MacLaren.
“We also hope that we can set an example for other Vermont businesses and show that not only do green technologies make sense economically and environmentally, but you can also support local green energy companies,” MacLaren continued.
Vermont’s Department of Tourism Commissioner, Megan Smith, commented as well: “Small inns and B&B’s are an important part of Vermont’s identity, and ‘green hospitality’ is more than a trend here. Vermont proprietors, like Peter and Susan MacLaren, want to preserve our cultural heritage while conserving natural resources. West Hill House B&B and Retreat Center’s initiatives tap into travelers’ growing interest in sustainability and support the Vermont brand.”
For a bit more background here, the West Hill House B&B and Retreat Center was created in the early 1980s out of a historic 1850s home in the Mad River Valley. It was purchased by the current owners back in 2006.