A new 2.5-MW solar project in Rutland, Vermont provides “a national model for the future of clean energy” by combining solar with energy storage, according to a U.S. Department of Energy official. Green Mountain Power’s Stafford Hill development includes 4 MW of battery storage and will integrate with the local electricity grid, becoming a source of resilient power when the main grid goes out of service. Green Mountain “has set a goal of making Rutland, VT the solar capital of New England, and this project, which is also being developed on a brownfield site thereby revitalizing a depressed area, will help it meet that goal,” Runyon reports.
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