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Bridgeport plans 1,000 solar panels at ex-landfill

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (AP) -
Bridgeport has announced the installation of as many as 1,000 solar panels producing about 5 megawatts of power.

The solar panels will be installed on a former landfill.

The Connecticut Post reports that Tony Marone, senior vice president of customer and business services for UIL Holdings, says early estimates place the project's cost at between $25 million and $30 million. The utility holding company is funding the installation of the solar panels.

Plans for the renewable energy park also include installing two fuel cell units, each producing about 2 megawatts of power.

One megawatt powers about 1,000 homes.

Mayor Bill Finch says UIL Holdings will likely make payments in lieu of taxes to use the landfill. He says it's too early to determine the amount of the payment.

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