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Backlash In Vermont Over Green Energy Aesthetics

Bruce Nelson's Ryegate, Vermont farm has been in his family since 1774. He's agreed to lease four of his 500 acres for a solar installation. He says turning sunlight into something people can use has always been a part of his family's business model. (Jon Kalish)
Bruce Nelson's Ryegate, Vermont farm has been in his family since 1774. He's agreed to lease four of his 500 acres for a solar installation. He says turning sunlight into something people can use has always been a part of his family's business model. (Jon Kalish)

Vermont is known as one of the most environmentally-conscious states in the country. In 2014, the state generated more than 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy resources, a number it hopes to grow to 75 percent by the year 2032.

But as industrial-size wind turbines and solar farms proliferate on Vermont’s mountain tops and farm fields, some locals are objecting to the green energy projects, citing aesthetic as well as environmental concerns. Jon Kalish has the story.

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