This 5 MW array, which went on-line in March, is the primary to offer the vast majority of its clear power to public colleges within the state. Mt. Blue Regional Faculty District (RSU9), Spruce Mountain Faculty District (RSU73), Camden Rockport Faculty District (MSAD28), Camden Hills Regional Excessive Faculty, and Hope Elementary Faculty have all taken steps to lowering their carbon footprint at no upfront value by collaborating within the PPA. This undertaking can be utilizing Maine’s Web Power Billing credit program, by offering power offsite that’s then allotted to every faculty’s utility account. Ninety-six % of the clear power produced by the array will go to in direction of offsetting the colleges’ power wants, with the remaining 4 % going to Farmington Water District.
“We couldn’t be extra excited or proud to be collaborating on this cutting-edge resolution to preserving farmland, lowering greenhouse gases, and saving cash for our native taxpayers. It’s so essential for our college students to be taught in a spot that demonstrates collaboration, sustainability management, and sound monetary decision-making. Our participation on this clear power undertaking displays the very values we are attempting to impart. It’s considered one of many issues our district has executed to maneuver towards a diminished carbon footprint.”— Maria Libby, Superintendent of the 5 City CSD and MSAD 28 faculty districts.
The landowners, Evelyn Norton and Priscilla Swartzlander, had been born within the farmhouse that also stands on the property. Their father Harold Souther, 98, was additionally born within the household’s generational residence and nonetheless lives there. Souther ran the dairy and poultry farm for years, taking up operations from his father. The land is now leased to a neighbor and a cousin for pastureland, elevating livestock, and hay manufacturing. Within the fall pumpkins, squash, and cornstalk are offered. Her father wished to make sure the farm will keep within the household as soon as he’s gone and noticed the photo voltaic farm as a approach to make sure this. The cash from the leased land will enable his household to maintain the property.
“So many faculty districts are going to learn from this, and that’s large to us.” —Evelyn Norton, landowner