Norwich Solar announced the completion of a 2.2 megawatt solar project off Portland Street, named after retired St. Johnsbury Academy educator Larry Golden, who sold Norwich the land. The 8,100-panel Golden Solar project is on an 83-acre parcel at 2703 Portland St. The sprawling array covers a hilltop. Access to the site is made from a road via Portland Street. A cable is stretched across the road and signs are posted to restrict entry. The project will be operated as part of Vermont’s Standard Offer program, which was created by the state in 2009 to encourage the development of more in-state renewable energy resources. Under the program, Vermont distribution utilities are required to buy renewable power from an eligible generator at a specified price for a specified period of time.