Solar firm considering East Blue Hill project

BLUE HILL — The largest privately owned commercial solar company in the United States is exploring the feasibility of a solar farm in East Blue Hill.

“Borrego Solar is pursuing a project in Blue Hill, Maine, and is still in the early stages of working with Versant Power to determine the project’s feasibility,” said Ryan Bailey, Borrego project developer. “If Versant determines the project can connect to the power lines as designed, discussions with the town will begin, likely this month or in October.”

Blue Hill Town Administrator Shawna Ambrose said Tuesday that the town had not yet received any applications.

Borrego Solar is planning a 19.9-acre farm in Sedgwick off Caterpillar Hill. The Sedgwick Planning Board approved the project last April. Construction is anticipated to start in the spring of 2021.

Borrego is also building a solar farm in the town of Orland.

The company was founded in California 40 years ago by James Rickard, a San Diego State professor of astrophysics, according to a history on its website.

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