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Solar project takes flight at the Burlington airport

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BURLINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT -

A solar project is taking off at the Burlington Airport. It comes thanks to a partnership with the Burlington Electric Department. The airport will be installing $1.5 million worth of solar equipment on top of its parking garage. The top deck is currently empty and Burlington Electric will be leasing the space for $20,000 a year. The solar gear will not directly power the airport but will pump energy back into the grid.

"It's something that we needed, we wanted -- to make our footprint, to make the airport and community greener. So they basically stepped up and ran with the project, and they came back with a proposal that makes a lot of sense to us," said Gene Richards of the Burlington International Airport.

Airport officials hope the installation will begin as soon as possible.

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