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An aerial view of panels on the new (Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

An aerial view of panels on the new solar farm being built at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton. (May 11, 2011)

LI solar farm offers research bonus

The massive solar farm planned at Brookhaven National Laboratory is now more than halfway complete, and officials say the project could send electricity to the grid by October. As the arrays go up on 137 once-wooded acres, Brookhaven scientists are mapping out a detailed research agenda to measure the performance and environmental footprint of what will be the largest solar farm in the Northeast.

An aerial view of panels on the new
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

An aerial view of panels on the new solar farm being built at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton. (May 11, 2011)

Brookhaven National Laboratory features the first solar farm
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Brookhaven National Laboratory features the first solar farm in the state. (May 11, 2011)

Panels at the solar electricity farm being built
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Panels at the solar electricity farm being built at Bookhaven National Laboratory in Upton. (May 11, 2011)

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Solar power panels are erected at Brookhaven National
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Solar power panels are erected at Brookhaven National Labs in Upton. (May 11, 2011)

The new solar farm is the first of
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The new solar farm is the first of its kind in New York State. (May 11, 2011)

Solar panels featured at Brookhaven National Laboratory in
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Solar panels featured at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton NY. (May 11, 2011)

An aerial view of panels on the new
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

An aerial view of panels on the new solar farm being built at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton. (May 11, 2011)

An aerial view of panels on the new
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

An aerial view of panels on the new solar farm being built at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. (May 11, 2011)

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