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 groSolar, consists of 7,700 solar panels capable of generating more than two and a half megawatts (MW) of electricity. The system includes four MWs of battery storage, including emergency power for the nearby emergency shelter. In 2015, groSolar was very pleased that this project was recognized with a Project of Distinction Award from PV America.
It was great to work with a Vermont company like groSolar to design and build this innovative project. They did top quality work designing a system that turned a former landfill into a clean energy power center