Our region has vigorous forests, windy ridges, flowing water, and plenty of sunshine–perfect for a varying system of clean energy producing resources.
Western Maine has a skilled, underemployed manufacturing workforce capable of producing and maintain a renewable energy system, region-wide.
Western Maine has the resources to become a regional leader in renewable energy.
Clean Renewable Energy
Our region has vigorous forests, windy ridges, flowing water, and plenty of sunshine. Our current, nearly complete reliance on finite fossil fuel resources for our energy needs can be replaced by home-, community-, and regional-scale renewable energy and a serious commitment to conservation. As the adverse environmental and climate impacts of our current energy system are gradually reflected in the cost of that energy, we will find that solar, wind, small hydro, and sustainable biomass-derived energy will become more economically feasible. Western Maine has a skilled, underemployed manufacturing workforce and the abundant renewable resources to become a regional leader in renewable energy by 2025.
EV2PV in South Paris
At the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School we are working with MSAD17 to install a solar tracker with 6,300 watts of Photovoltaic (PV) panels and multiple Electric Vehicle chargers. We'll be having the next EV Expo there on September 16th and are hoping to have a requisite ribbon cutting to celebrate. Thanks to GarboKane for leading the charge on the tracker, the Maine Electric Vehicle Association (MEVA) for working on the charging aspect and to Rick Colpitts and the school board for working with us on the concept.
Team Solar Maine: Sunshot Initiative
Sunshot Initiative Team Solar Maine is an outgrowth of CEBE's energy working group and includes other area energy experts. Our project, part of the DOE Sunshot competition. is to create a model community solar farm to make solar power accessible to small businesses and low- and middle-income households in the area. We are working hard to crack the nut on solar costs and financial models to help solarize western Maine and make solar power accessible to all.
Western Maine EV Charging Infrastructure
Western Maine EV Charging Infrastructure We have also been quietly working on a project that we hope comes to fruition by the end of June. Stay tuned with what we hope will be great news for EV drivers and the perfect antidote to their range anxiety!
EVs in Maine "... for Barry Woods, the transition from pump to plug will require change on at least two basic levels. First there’s technology. Cars will go more miles per charge. Charging times will shorten. Prices will drop. That’s happening. Second is behavior. Car dealers, who don’t get questions about gas stations when they sell conventional cars, have to get educated. And carmakers must make a long-term commitment to electric vehicles. That’s just beginning.
“When I see pickup trucks that plug in, I’ll know we’ve arrived,” Woods said.
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