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Maine’s largest solar farm prepares to power up

A 12/28/2016 article in the Portland Press Herald describes a project in Madison, more than twice the size of others in the state, which will supply 3,000 homes and small businesses.

MADISON — The state’s largest solar farm could be fully operational this week.

The solar energy project in the Madison Business Gateway . . . → Read More: Maine’s largest solar farm prepares to power up

The future of solar power in Maine is on the line

The information below is excerpted from ReVision Energy‘s April 2016 newsletter:

Maine’s NeXt Metering Hangs in the Balance Maine has made national headlines for its innovative proposed solar policy, which brought together interests as diverse as utility companies, ratepayer advocates, labor unions, environmental groups, municipal representatives, and solar installers to develop an evolution of net . . . → Read More: The future of solar power in Maine is on the line

Solar electric production on the York Beach Fire Station

You can follow the almost real-time electric generation of the solar array on the York Beach Fire Station at http://revisionenergy.solarlog-web.net/york/.

The solar system has been generating electricity for the Fire Department and the Town of York since September of 2015.

. . . → Read More: Solar electric production on the York Beach Fire Station

Solar compromise fairly shares costs, benefits

Below is an editorial from the Kennebec Journal. It is presented in its entirety because it clearly summarizes a relatively complicated but important piece of legislation.

Lawmakers shouldn’t let politics get in the way of this good bill.

Maine lawmakers have a great opportunity to fairly distribute the costs and benefits of solar power, setting . . . → Read More: Solar compromise fairly shares costs, benefits

York Energy Steering Committee recognized

The Energy Steering Committee was highlighted by the York Weekly as one of the town’s “Movers and Shakers” of 2015. From the article by Deborah McDermott:

YORK – During the recent climate talks in Paris, a group of state and provincial government leaders, mayors and municipal officials from throughout the world held a Climate Summit . . . → Read More: York Energy Steering Committee recognized

98-year-old fire station a ‘high-performing energy system’

From the 9/30/15 York Weekly story written by Deborah McDermott:

YORK – There was, literally, energy to spare at the York Beach fire station Saturday afternoon, as a crowd of more than 50 residents and well-wishers from throughout the region came there to learn about how the department reduced its energy bill from $325 to . . . → Read More: 98-year-old fire station a ‘high-performing energy system’

In an Age of Cheap Solar Does Efficiency Still Matter?

An expert from the Rocky Mountain Institute argues that solar energy may be more glamorous, but efficiency, the old workhorse of green buildings, remains a winner, just not in all cases.

“Efficiency first” is the mantra in green and net-zero buildings; you always do energy efficiency first and then cover the remaining balance of energy . . . → Read More: In an Age of Cheap Solar Does Efficiency Still Matter?

Save the Date: September 26th Celebration

Save the Date: September 26th @ 3:00 pm

Please join York’s Energy Steering Committee, York Beach Fire Department, public officials and York residents for a reception and dedication to celebrate the new solar panels at the York Beach Fire Station.

At 18 Railroad Ave., York Beach, Maine.

. . . → Read More: Save the Date: September 26th Celebration

Peaks Island school eyed for emergency solar power array

The following article from the theforecaster.net recounts the latest work done by Eric Hopkins and others to develop an emergency solar power pilot project.

A group of people including teachers and engineers met at the school library recently to start discussing the possibility of making the school the island’s designated Red Cross emergency shelter, and . . . → Read More: Peaks Island school eyed for emergency solar power array

America’s solar revolution

Solar power is on the rise. From the Union of Concerned scientists:

From rooftops to landfills to large open spaces, harnessing the full power of solar energy will be a key part of our nation’s transition to clean, reliable and affordable electricity that can safeguard our environment, protect our health and power our economy.

The . . . → Read More: America’s solar revolution

2014’s most promising alternative energy trends

According to mining.com, “The business world has recognized a need for viable alternative energy solutions, and investors are now pouring in their cash. Last year, a staggering $214 billion was invested in renewable energy worldwide.”

Below are a few of the most promising innovations in the area of renewable and clean energy.

Infographic from: . . . → Read More: 2014’s most promising alternative energy trends

York awarded $98,000 for renewable energy

The town’s Energy Steering Committee was informed this week that it was successful in its application for a significant grant that will be used primarily for a solar photovoltaic array on the York Beach Fire Station. From seacoastonline.com:

York energy panel gets $98K for efficiency upgrades By Susan Morse , June 26, 2014

YORK, Maine . . . → Read More: York awarded $98,000 for renewable energy

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