Community Solar in Maine
Access Solar Power without owning Panels!
Maine and solar power go together like lobster and butter. Over the next five years, Maine is expected to boost its solar production by a whopping 1,362 megawatts. And in 2021 alone, the state more than doubled its solar wattage capacity!
The goal, which has officially been signed into law, is to get 80% of all state energy production coming from renewable resources, including solar power in Maine, by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
There’s no doubt that the lovely people of Maine have invested heavily in solar power, but it doesn’t all come from people installing panels on their homes’ roofs. There are several ways to get solar power in Maine that don’t cost thousands and thousands of dollars in equipment and installation.
Yes, if your property is considered “solar ready” and you have the initial investment, installing solar panels on your Maine home is definitely an option. For those who feel a bit faint when hearing the price tag that comes along with solar panel installation, you can also choose a rent-to-own option, or get your energy from a community solar farm!
Go Solar without buying panels?
Residential solar power in Maine has been limited by multiple hurdles that homes face around the country.
“If you own a home — and it has a roof that is the right size, type, orientation, exposure, etc. — then you can buy, finance, or lease panels that are bolted to your roof to generate energy.”
This makes solar energy out of reach for most people.
In fact, traditional solar power is accessible to only about 20% of Maine residents. But what about everyone else!?
Benefits of Community Solar in Maine
Community Solar is a membership to a local solar farm
for clean energy at 10-25% off!
How Community Solar Works
Pay nothing, save money, help the environment AND a local business?? Really?
The cost of solar installation isn’t a burden you have to bear alone.
Instead of purchasing expensive solar panels and installing them on the roof of your house, community solar is more of a team-effort when it comes to producing solar power.
Here are the basics of a community solar project:
- A solar farm site is built in a suitable location, with ready connection to the electricity grid.
- People from around the state contribute money for management and maintenance of the farm, typically via monthly subscription.
- Large credits from power generated by the community solar project are sent back to the participants, ultimately reducing their electricity bills.
Since the solar farm isn’t on your personal property, community solar members don’t have to own a “solar-ready” home in order to receive solar power. They don’t even have to own their home! This is a great option for renters.
Plus, you don’t have to pay for the expensive upfront costs or worry about maintenance.
Even Maine residents who rent or live in apartments can enjoy clean, renewable solar energy!
Get Your Energy from a Solar Farm
Community Solar allows a group of people to “subscribe” to a solar farm.
The solar farm feeds clean energy into the electricity grid, which you get at a locked in savings rate every month!
How to sign up for Community Solar in Maine
Support your Local Solar Farmers
Why buy dirty energy, often from the other side of the world, when we can capture clean energy — from Mainers right outside town?
Community Solar Farms in Maine allow family farmers to lease some of their land for utilities and partners to set up small solar farms.
This supplements farm income and keeps energy local!
Reviews of Community Solar in Maine
Solar Power to the People
Community solar in Maine is gaining popularity because of its affordability and accessibility.
Without the need to purchase and install panels on your roof, community solar is a much more affordable option that can benefit so many more people!
This includes renters, row homes, apartments, and rooftops that are not a good fit for solar panels.
A Guide to Solar Options in Maine
Pay nothing, save money on your bills, help the environment, and help a local business?? Seems too good to be true. It’s not!