Maine’s Hebron Academy recently completed the installation of the State’s largest solar array on the roof of its athletic center. The 266 kilowatt system is estimated to generate about 300,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually and over a 40 year will offset more than 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide. We highlight the installation to give credit to the school and the community, but also to point out to anyone who might question the viability of solar in the dreary northern climes. For anyone who has visited Maine in the dead of winter, it’s dark and cold, but overall, throughout the course of the year, Maine gets more sun hours per day than Germany, arguably the world leader in solar.
The long term goal is for the school to be net zero, in the process of designing the athletic center system they also had plans drawn up and approved for other buildings on the property.
The installation was done by ReVision Energy who also provided a PPA for financing, although its unclear if they provided it in house or through a third party.
The Advertiser Democrat covered the installation very well.