- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s National Life Group has flipped the switch on its new solar power installation.

Over the last couple months National Life installed more than 2,000 panels on about four acres of the company’s property, just south of its headquarters building in Montpelier.

The system began producing power on Monday.

The panels will produce 500 kilowatts of electricity and they will help the company produce more than 15 percent of its own power needs.

National Life is working toward the goal set by the city of Montpelier of becoming the first “net zero” state capital in the country, meaning that all of the energy consumed in town would be produced or offset within the city.

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