In an effort to take advantage of historically low solar electric prices as well as state and federal government incentives, the Hope General Store recently installed a 4.6 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system on the roof of the store in Hope Village.

To celebrate the installation, Hope General Store owner Andrew Stewart and ReVision Energy invite the public to a solar open house on Thursday, April 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the store at 449 Camden Road in Hope.

Stewart and ReVision staff will be on hand to talk about the solar electric system, how it works, current pricing, and available solar technology in Maine. The solar electric system, designed and installed by ReVision Energy of Liberty, consists of 20 Canadian Solar 230-watt photovoltaic (or PV) panels. The 4.6 kilowatt system covers an area of 845 square feet and will produce roughly 5,900 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity annually while offsetting roughly 7,700 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. Grid-tied solar electricity systems require no batteries and instead use the existing electrical grid to store any excess power created on site. Sun hits the PV panels and inverters change the DC power into usable AC electricity. Utility companies in Maine, under net-billing law, are required to credit any excess production (month by month) for up to 12 months.

For more information about the Hope General Store, call 763-2816. For more information on solar energy systems, contact ReVision Energy at 589-4171 or visit revisionenergy.com.