The Stafford Hill Solar Farm
Creating more resilient and strong communities throughout Vermont.
The Stafford Hill Solar Farm combines solar, storage and micro-grid technology in an innovative new solar project to improve resiliency and safety in communities. 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 back-up, with no other fuel source.
How it Works
With 7,700 solar panels situated on 15 acres of land, The Stafford Hill Solar Farm can generate 2 MW of electricity, enough to power about 2,000 homes during full sun, or 365 homes year-round. The project also includes 4 MW of battery storage for solar generation, allowing the disconnection of an entire circuit from the grid in an emergency to provide critical power for an emergency shelter at Rutland High School.
Stafford Hill is a major milestone in creating more resilient and strong communities in Vermont. Green Mountain Power is committed providing reliable, clean and cost-effective power to customers, and powering critical infrastructure such as schools and shelters in an emergency is an important part of that.
The Stafford Hill Solar Farm is sited at the closed Rutland City landfill, and is the first known solar storage project in the country to repurpose brownfield land once used to bury waste for the siting of renewable energy.
Energy City of the Future
Stafford Hill is another important step in the partnership to establish Rutland as the Energy City of the Future, where Green Mountain Power pilots new technology to improve people’s lives before spreading initiatives statewide.
project represents the kind of public-private partnership that has been
so important to Rutland's ongoing revitalization," Mayor Chris Louras
said. "GMP's Energy Innovation Center has already breathed new life into
our downtown and inspired many of our newest businesses to
open. Similarly, this project is creating energy and income for the city
on property that has no real development opportunity. Equally
important, projects like this are putting Rutland on the map in the
renewable energy world. That will have positive long-term impacts on the
city and greater-Rutland community."