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Stafford Hill is an exciting new project designed to improve resiliency and safety in communities by generating solar energy that can be stored and used to power an emergency shelter at Rutland High School in the event of weather-related power outages. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Stafford Hill Solar Farm is the first project to establish a micro-grid powered solely by solar and battery storage, with no fossil fuels. The project also utilizes land atop a closed landfill which was otherwise unsuitable for development.
The project, engineered and built by EDF Renewables, consists of 7,700 solar panels capable of generating more than 2.5 MW of electricity. The system includes 4 MWs of battery storage, including emergency power for the nearby emergency shelter. This project was recognized with a Project of Distinction Award from PV America in 2015.