Vermont to build solar micro-grid

Green Mountain Power in the US state of Vermont has begun construction of a 2MW solar project that will include a micro-grid powered solely by solar and battery backup.

The Stafford Hill project in Rutland, Vermont, includes 7,700 solar panels that during full sun will provide electricity to about 2,000 homes.    

It will include 4MW of battery storage that can generate clean electricity for an emergency shelter at a nearby high school and other critical infrastructure during electrical outages.

“With the frequency of major storms growing, this project is critical and demonstrates how Green Mountain Power is continuing to lead the way with innovative energy solutions to meet everyday challenges," says the utility’s chief executive Mary Powell.

Green Mountain Power expects to complete the $10m project in mid-December.

"With this project, Vermont remains on the cutting edge of the renewable energy front," says Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. It's projects like these that continue to make Vermont the leader in green jobs."

Stafford Hill is located on Rutland’s closed city landfill and is believed to be the first solar storage project in the US to repurpose brownfield land once used to bury waste.