RUTLAND (AP) - Vermont's largest power company has begun construction on a project in Rutland that will use solar energy stored in batteries to run an emergency shelter at the city's high school.

A statement from Green Mountain Power says the U.S Department of Energy is calling the Stafford Hill Solar Farm the first project of its kind.

Some of the power generated by its 7,000 solar panels will be stored in batteries with four megawatts of capacity. During emergencies, the system can be disconnected from the grid, with the power devoted to the emergency shelter at Rutland High School.

The panels are being built on a former city landfill, allowing reuse of a property that had been designated as a brownfield.

The $10 million project is expected to be complete in mid-December.


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