We will review your annual electricity usage and assign you a share of a local community solar garden serving Orrington, 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 Orrington, Maine with Ampion, you can always view your solar production, cost savings, and environmental impact with our online portal.
On the Penobscot River estuary, Orrington is the southernmost town in Penobscot County. Captain John Brewer first settled Orrington, advantageously located just up the river from more coastal Bucksport and just six miles below the inland city of Bangor. The great shipping trade that developed along this part of the Penobscot River attracted fighting during the Revolutionary War, and again in 1812 when the U.S.S. Adams was chased up the river by a British ship firing cannons into Orrington. One of the largest of many large ships constructed on the Penobscot River, the Coburn, was built at the South Orrington shipyard. Orrington’s original chandlery became the town’s general store and only recently closed.
Wiswell Farm’s commercial greenhouse operation uses solar power to offset its electricity. Penobscot County is better known for its wind farms. The Rollins Wind Farm completed in 2011 is a 60MW installation about eight miles east of Lincoln that produces 168 million kWh of clean renewable energy annually to power more than 23,000 households across the towns of Lincoln, Burlington, Lee, Winn and Mattawamkeag. The Passadumkeag Wind Park near Lowell, operational in 2016, has a capacity of approximately 42 MW.
Orrington 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.