The St. George Conservation Commission, with the Community Development Corporation serving as cosponsors, is presenting public informational programs on residential options for Solar Energy via Zoom.

“Solar Thursdays,” which are educational sessions, will be offered periodically to introduce the community to alternatives available to save money and reduce carbon footprints using solar energy. Speakers will address the latest advances in solar energy and solar energy options. State/local energy goals and relevant legislation will also be presented.

The first presentation will be Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program, via Zoom, will have two presentations, followed by a questions and answer period.

Kendra Jo Grindle serves as a Community Development officer at the Island Institute where she contributes to the Climate/Energy Team. In her time working with the Climate/Energy Team, she has supported several communities and organizations working to become more energy efficient through the Spark! Grant program.

Grindle will present an overview of solar energy, benefits of solar and options for home and community solar installed on and off your property.

Seth Berry is House Chair of the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology. For his policy work, Berry received the Northeast Clean Energy Council’s 2017 Maine Clean Energy Award.

Berry will present relevant past/current/and future Maine legislation and regulations, state/town goals and visioning including the future of distributive power generation in Maine.

Ann Matlack is the State Rep. for District 92, which includes St. George, and St. George Select Board and Assessors Chairperson Richard Bates will join Grindle and Berry to answer audience questions.

Participants must register in advance for this meeting at maine.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lduyrrTsjEtLZ1ai8ejRHUPkAChrBvznU.

After registering, interested parties will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, go to stgeorgemaine.com/conservation-commission/pages/solar-thursdays-information for more information or contact stgcc@stgeorgemaine.com.

The second ”Solar Thursdays” Zoom session will be Thursday, Nov. 12. The public will have an opportunity to speak with local vendors who will give new options to save money while protecting the environment. Look for more information on this program later in October on stgeorgemaine.com and through local publications.