We will review your annual electricity usage and assign you a share of a local community solar garden serving Mount Desert Island, Maine. We will then communicate to your utility company that you will be receiving a portion of the solar garden’s production each month.
Your portion of power will be received as “solar energy credits”.
Our solar energy credits will appear on your electric bill to offset the final balance you owe your utility.
After you receive your monthly credits, you’ll receive a bill from us for your subscription. We’ll charge you at a discount based on your credits’ value. You’ll save an estimated 10% of your annual electricity costs.
When you join a solar farm in Mount Desert Island, Maine with Ampion, you can always view your solar production, cost savings, and environmental impact with our online portal.
Mount Desert Island, the largest island off the coast of Maine, is home to Acadia National Park, the nation’s busiest national park with 3.5 million annual visitors. The Island connects to the mainland by a bridge. The Island’s four towns are Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, Southwest Harbor, and Tremont, which all have different smaller villages, such as Seal Harbor, Bass Harbor, and Northeast Harbor. Somes Sound is a 5-mile deep cut resembling a fjord that divides the eastern and western halves of Mount Desert Island. The island’s sea caves, cobble beaches, and sea monuments are remnants of its glacial history. The island’s 4 sandy beaches are Sand Beach, Echo Lake Beach, Seal Harbor Public Beach, and Lamoine Beach. Sailing in and around its 10 smaller islands is a popular past time.
A Mount Desert Island organization called A Climate To Thrive (ACTT) has a mission to make Mount Desert Island energy independent by 2030. After a residential Solarize campaign in 2017, the Town of Mount Desert developed its first municipal solar photovoltaic array which began generating solar power in 2018. A 1,400 panel, 425 kW solar array installed on Mount Desert Island High School in 2019 is the largest on a public school in Maine. A 2019 153 kW Community Solar farm on a closed landfill in Tremont meets 100% of the electricity needs for Tremont’s municipal buildings. ACTT tripled the island’s photovoltaic capacity to about 2 MW since 2017. The organization aims to double 2020’s solar capacity in 2021. They have identified other potential solar sites on the island and proposed an island microgrid to address power outages that are more common with climate change.
Mount Desert Island Energy Options
In 2019, Maine became the 21st state to pass community solar and other renewable legislation that encourages development of renewable energy projects and increases access to community solar and other renewables for all businesses and residents, regardless of the type of building or home you are in. Available programs that provide opportunities to participate in local renewable energy are detailed at Maine Green Power. To find out more about solar power in Maine, visit Natural Resources Council of Maine. To find out about energy efficiency incentives, visit Efficiency Maine.
Maine’s two investor-owned utilities, Central Maine Power and Versant Power, serve 96% of Maine homes. In addition, nine consumer-owned utilities serve smaller populations. The Maine Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is a not-for-profit association of renewable energy producers, suppliers of goods and services to those producers, and other supporters of the industry.
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