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Hampshire College Begins Ambitious Solar Project


   Hampshire College has begun constructing the largest campus solar power array in New England.

   The project will put 15,000 solar panels on about 19 acres to generate 4.7 megawatts of electricity. 

   Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash said because there will be excess power returned to the grid, the net result will be that 100 percent of the college’s electricity is from renewable energy.

   So, it raises the question' why not?'  If you can do this in snow country in western Massachusetts why shouldn't we be doing this," questioned Lash?

Lash said the rate the college will pay for electricity from the project’s operator, SolarCity, will cut the campus’ annual electric bill by $400,000.

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