Same Sun completes solar power at Royal Group in Rutland

Vermont Business Magazine Same Sun of Vermont announces the completion and commissioning of two ground-mounted solar panels: a traditional panel and a solar carport, designed in partnership with TimberHomes VT, located at The Royal Group, Inc. 150 Woodstock Ave. Rutland Mayor David Allaire will cut a ribbon at 10 a.m. on August 4 to celebrate this innovative project.

In 1935, Mr. Louis “Bunnie” Accavallo opened the Royal Glass Company. Bunnie’s son, Lee Accavallo, acquired and renamed Royal Group in 1978, offering extensive services including Glass/Locks/Security & Fire. In 2019, Lee’s son, Rex, purchased the business and pledged to uphold his grandfather’s original core values. In July 2020, Rex expanded the business by opening another location in Essex Junction, Vermont. When Rex Accavallo approached Same Sun, he dreamed of taking the Royal Group further into the 21st century.

“At Royal Group, we believe in doing our part to help our community and the global transition to better sources of energy,” said Accavallo. “Solar power is the cleanest and most abundant source of renewable energy available, which is why we are focusing on this awesome technology.” Accavallo decided to go the route of a “statement piece,” something that would grab the attention of customers and passers-by. This centerpiece came in the form of a floor mount next to a mural on the side of the building and the wood-framed sun shelter above their parking lot in the front.

“Rex had wanted to go solar since the start of his Royal Group ownership. The first idea was the roof of the building, but the cost of structural upgrades was prohibitive. Says Philip Allen, co-owner of Same Sun of Vermont. “Over time , we were able to build a conventional solar panel on the ground behind and under the building and then the carport. The carport combines beauty, functionality and kilowatt-hour output. Royal Group’s two solar panels are 35.64 KWDC and are expected to produce nearly 40,000 kWh per year, supplying Royal Group with 100% of its electricity needs. »

The carport frame was built by Timberhomes VT, a seventeen-person, worker-owned co-op with stores in Montpelier and Vershire, Vermont. “As a timber frame construction design/build company, TimberHomes strives to use local and regional materials in its work wherever possible. TimberHomes carports are a good example. Said member-owner Timo Bradley when contacted for comment.

“The wood for the carport comes from two different sawmills in the region. The posts and bottom braces are naturally rot-resistant white oak sourced from southern Vermont. The top beams, main rafters and purlins are white pine, sourced from central Vermont. Bradley continued, “Using local wood is a central tenet of TimberHomes’ notion of what it means to be environmentally friendly. While generally not perfect in appearance, Northeastern wood choices are strong and well suited for their purpose. The timbers in the TimberHomes are also not kiln dried and can be considered ‘minimally processed’. It is by design that TimberHomes, unlike some competitors, chooses not to build its structures with repurposed Western Doug Fir or other material. Especially for a carport, the aim of which is to reduce the use of fossil fuels.

In the life cycle of the two solar panels of the Royal Group, 450 TONS of carbon will be offset. The public, along with other local businesses, are invited to join the Royal Group and the Same Sun of Vermont onsite for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 4, 2022 at 10 a.m.

About the same Vermont sun

Same Sun of Vermont was established in 2011 by Marlene Lederman Allen and Philip Allen of Rutland Town as a turnkey solar-electric design and installation company. Based in historic downtown Rutland, Same Sun focuses on customer-focused solutions for the residential and commercial market in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. Find us online at

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