Monroe Power Plant in Monroe, New York, is one of the plants that will be replacing coal power with clean energy.
Monroe will use the solar panels to power a fleet of about a dozen trucks that can haul power to and from customers, and the solar arrays will also generate power to a power station that will use it for other purposes.
The project is a part of a nationwide effort to install clean energy on the grid, with New York becoming the first state to become an active participant.
Monroes plan to generate 1,000 megawatts of power from the panels and the batteries, according to a press release.
The plants panels will also be used to generate power from natural gas and wind, which is used in the transmission and distribution of power.
A power station is expected to use about 3,500 megawatts, with the rest coming from the sun.
The utility will sell electricity generated from the project to customers, which includes utilities and local businesses.
The project will have a total of 10 years of operation, said Lisa Wert, Monroe’s president and chief operating officer.