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National solar testing site being launched in Vt.

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November 4, 2013 10:50 AM EST | AP


BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is going to host a regional center to help test solar technology.

Officials Monday announced the Vermont regional test center will be one of five across the country designed to find ways to make solar power more affordable.

The seven-acre site in Williston will accommodate up to 300 kilowatts of solar power.

Construction is underway now.

The state entered into a partnership with Sandia National Laboratories and other institutions several years ago to conduct energy research.

Representatives from Sandia, IBM, and the U.S. Department of Energy joined Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders to launch the test center.