Maine town approves initial commercial solar rules

Maine town approves initial commercial solar rules

Commercial Solar
The Winslow Town Council on Monday gave initial approval to an ordinance that would allow the construction of large-scale commercial solar farms in certain parts of town. A first read of the ordinance, which regulates large-scale principal solar energy systems, was overwhelmingly approved by the council. The council still needs to take a second and final vote on the ordinance at its October meeting. [adinserter block="1"] Town officials were encouraged to draft the regulations after being approached by Ranger Solar, a Yarmouth-based energy company interested in constructing a 10-20 megawatt power station on Heywood Road. If it moves forward, the 100-acre project could cost as much as $25 million and could be the largest solar project in the state. The ordinance requires any project to conform to industry design and installation standards,…
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Community solar farms growing around Maine

Community solar farms growing around Maine

Community Solar
A planned community solar farm near Androscoggin Lake in Wayne is one of about 10 similar projects that are under development around the state. The projects are unlike traditional residential solar installation in that the households benefiting from the solar-generated power aren’t actually located on the sites of the solar arrays. Instead, the power goes to Central Maine Power Co.’s grid, and the customers get credit for the power to pay for their own electricity bills. The first community solar farm in Maine was built last fall in South Paris, and the proposed project in Wayne would become the third such project if completed this fall as expected, said Fortunat Mueller, co-founder of ReVision Energy, the company developing the projects. The other completed project is in Edgecomb. So far, two…
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