Solar Power at our Vermont Green Hotel

Vermont B&B, West Hill House B&B & Retreat Center Invests in Solar Farm to Power B&B and Tesla Charging

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Leading the Charge: Historic Vermont B&B Now Solar Powered

Cutting the ribbon for the Solar Array

Cutting the ribbon for the Solar Array

September 17, 2015: – Warren, VT: A Vermont bed & breakfast and retreat center known for hospitality and a picturesque setting in Warren, Vermont has just completed a sizeable green initiative investment. Peter and Susan MacLaren, owners of West Hill House B&B and Retreat Center, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 27, 2015 to celebrate the opening of Same Sun Solar Society of Poultney, Vermont, a solar farm that will fully power their facility, including their Tesla charging stations.

West Hill House B&B and Retreat Center is the largest private investor in the solar farm, holding over a 25% financial stake in the system designed and built by Same Sun of Vermont Inc., incorporating US-manufactured solar panels. The full press release

Tesla Charging – the Electrons are on us!

West Hill House B&B offers two high power 240V 80A chargers specifically for Tesla vehicles.
Each of these can fully charge a suitably equipped Tesla Model S in about 4 hours.

Tesla Charging Ribbon Cutting by Megan Smith

Tesla Charging Ribbon Cutting by Megan Smith

We were delighted to welcome Vermont Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing Megan Smith who cut the ribbon on December 16th, 2014 to formally launch this capability, one of the first B&Bs in Vermont to offer dedicated Tesla charging for guests.

Now Tesla owners, for example from the metro areas around Boston (190 miles with a top-up en-route if necessary from the complimentary Supercharger in Hooksett NH), Montreal (140 miles) and New York (300 miles with a top-up en-route from the complimentary Supercharger in Albany), can drive their Tesla to Vermont’s beautiful Mad River Valley and enjoy all the area’s attractions, including Sugarbush next door to us, one of the premier ski and golf resorts in the north-east, while enjoying our hospitality at the top rated B&B accommodation in the area as per Trip Advisor. And, of course, the electrons are on us!

Read about Matt’s enjoying an electron refill at the BeB for his: Tesla S trip from Toronto to Maine.

West Hill House B&B is a Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State

Governor Jim Douglas, Susan & Peter Green Hotel Award

Governor Jim Douglas, Susan & Peter Green Hotel Award

At an Awards Ceremony held on April 20th 2009 in the House Chamber of the Vermont State House, Governor Jim Douglas presented a plaque to Peter and Susan, recognizing West Hill House B&B as a Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State.

We have also been designated as a Green Leader at Gold Level by Trip Advisor. As a Green Hotel we take our stewardship of the environment and our energy usage very seriously and have made numerous extensive and small investments over the last nine years.

Major Eco Initiatives:

  • In August 2015 we had the ribbon cutting on the Solar Array that will cover 100% of our electric power costs over the year.
  • Recognized in 2015 as a Green Leader, Gold Level by Trip Advisor.
  • In December 2014 we added complimentary EV charging for our guests, both two 240V 80A chargers for Teslas and a 240V J1772 at 40A for other EVs.
  • Since 2013 our main company vehicle is a Toyota Plug-in Prius.
  • Added a solar hot water pre-heating system in February 2009 on our south facing roof, designed to supply up to two thirds of our hot water year round, reducing our propane use further.
  • Recognized in November 2008 as a “Green Hotel” by the Vermont Environmental & Regulatory Assistance Program.
  • Replaced the oil boiler and two direct fired propane water heaters in 2007 with a high efficiency condensing propane boiler and an indirect hot water heating system.

Read more in our: Environmental Improvement Status Report

About the West Hill House B&B Innkeepers

Innkeepers Peter & Susan

Innkeepers Peter & Susan

Running a B&B is hard work, but the rewards—meeting fascinating people and living in our favorite place in the world year round—make it all worthwhile. Since we bought West Hill House B&B in April of 2006, we have watched the seasons come and go from the vantage point of the Mad River Valley and have continued to appreciate the opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful place.

Between the two of us, we have lived and traveled in Scotland, England, Canada, France, and all over the US, before making West Hill House B&B home. Read more about: Hosts Susan & Peter