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Community solar talk is Dec. 7



ELLSWORTH — Green Ellsworth, a citizens’ initiative to make Ellsworth a model green community, is hosting an online event to educate residents and businesses about the opportunity to support clean, renewable energy with community solar and save money on electricity bills.

The event, “Community Solar: What’s in it for ME?” is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m.

Participants will learn about the different ways they can access solar power and hear directly from one company, Ampion, founded in Bar Harbor, about how the subscription service model works.

Maine’s community solar program enables Versant and Central Maine Power customers to access clean energy by subscription rather than purchasing or installing solar panels. Through community solar, these utility customers subscribe to a share of clean energy generated from an offsite solar farm. Ideally, that energy offsets the energy generation charges on their utility bills each month.

In Maine, the subscriber is billed at a fixed 15 percent discount for their share of the solar farm’s energy production, which appears on their electric bill in the form of credits or kilowatt-hour (kWh) reductions.

Ampion is currently helping residential and commercial utility customers subscribe to clean energy from a solar farm on Hammond Road in Hermon. The Community Solar Farm, owned by Summit Ridge Energy and constructed by Cianbro, is completely installed and will be live starting in January 2022.

“When you choose a community solar subscription, you help reduce greenhouse gases while you save on your electric utility bills,” said Martha Dickinson of Green Ellsworth. “With up to 15 percent off your electricity bill and no up-front costs or installation required, it’s a great option for homeowners, renters, and businesses alike.”

Ellsworth-area residents and businesses who want to learn more about Maine’s Community Solar program are encouraged to attend this event.

To register, go to bit.ly/ellsworth-solar.

For more information on Green Ellsworth and community solar options, contact Dickinson at [email protected].

For more information regarding the Ampion option, contact Nico Valette at [email protected].

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