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Green Mountain Power, the main utility in Vermont, plans to take an entire state park off the grid and power it with solar panels and Tesla batteries.

They aren’t doing it because it cool and Vermont-y, although it is. They’re doing it because the power line connecting Emerald Lake  State Park in East Dorset to the grid keeps failing:

The cost to install the solar and storage system is approximately 20% less than the cost  to rebuild the line to Emerald Lake State Park. And there are additional maintenance  savings, as every year it costs about $7000 to $8000 for lineworkers to repair damaged  and downed power lines.

This is an example of one of the much-discussed benefits of distributed power with storage, saving infrastructure costs. You don’t see it laid out like this very often, however. Details are here.

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