WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) – Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is hoping to cut its electric bill with a major solar power installation set for spring.

The Waterbury-based company plans to put 530 solar panels on top of its distribution center in a partnership with Green Mountain Power Corp., and White River Junction-based groSolar.

The project is expected to produce electricity equivalent to what it takes to run 16 houses year-round.

Paul Comey, the coffee roaster’s vice president of environmental affairs, says the company sometimes draws up to a megawatt of electricity.

The project is getting helped along by a $250,000 grant from the state’s Clean Energy Development Fund.

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