Large-scale Vermont solar project becomes operational

Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 12:07 PM
posted by rene5432

A significant solar project in Vermont is now operating after an iPhone signal harnessed 382 solar trackers into a perpendicular position with the sun, according to The Associated Press.

The news source reports that the project, which features 382 AllSun Trackers and more than 9,000 individual solar panels, is not only the largest solar installation in Vermont, it is the largest of its kind in North America.

The trackers, which were produced by AllEarth Renewables, are mounted on poles and utilize GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun during the day. Through this advanced technology, the trackers reportedly produce over 40 percent more energy than fixed solar installations.

"What an extraordinary example of how to get it right in Vermont," Governor Peter Shumlin told a crowd of project supporters. "It doesn't get any better than this."

According to local NBC affiliate WPTZ, the solar panels produce a total of 2.2 megawatts of electricity, which developers say is enough to light approximately 450 homes in the state. The project also boosted the local economy, creating 100 new jobs during its construction.

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