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Wed January 8, 2014

VT Prison Wants To Install Solar Array

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The Vermont prison in St. Johnsbury is planning to install a solar array outside the facility's fence as a way to help save money.

The Northeast Correctional Complex wants to install 87 Vermont-made, GPS-enabled, sun-tracking solar modules, each measuring 20 feet tall and more than 21 feet wide.

The system would help the prison save money and it's part of the state's effort reduce electricity costs and boost the use of renewable energy.

The Caledonian Record reports the details of the plan were included in a public notice mailed last month to town officials and nearby property owners.

The notice says the plan would have significant economic and environmental benefits, including reducing the amount of energy that is produced by fossil fuel power plants.

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