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Solar farm breaks ground in Williamstown

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. -

Workers broke ground in Williamstown on what will be one of Vermont's largest solar farms.

The 16-acre site is just off Interstate 89. It will eventually be filled with as many as 9,000 solar panels, enough to power 400 homes.

A Massachusetts company called TriLand Partners is behind the $10 million project, which will feed into Washington Electric Co-op's grid.

Local officials expect the project will create up to 50 construction jobs.

"From what I've been reading in the newspaper about the wind projects, this seems to have little or no negative controversy about it. I think it's the up and coming thing myself," said Larry Hebert, a member of the Williamstown select board.

"This is phenomenally exciting. We just put in two years of effort toward getting our final permits-- it's our CPG-- working with the Legislature, who I can't speak highly enough of. Working with the Shumlin administration and working to make sure this project-- which is somewhat high profile given its location on a highway interchange just three exits from Montpelier-- making sure it's done right," said Tom Garden of TriLand Partners.

The solar farm is expected to be online sometime this fall.

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