Camden’s first municipal solar array up and running

Jan 08, 2018
Photo by: Photo courtesy of Jennifer Albee ReVision Energy installation team warms up upon completion of Camden’s solar array in frigid temperatures. From left: Ren Floyd, Jerod Elder, Arthur Nerzig, Andy Lesko,

Camden — The town of Camden’s first municipal solar photovoltaic array began generating power through the grid on Jan. 3 at noon. The 122.85 kilowatt array is anticipated to offset an estimated 159,000 kilowatt hours of electrical energy used by the town per year - amounting to about seven percent of Camden’s annual electrical use in 2014.

The ground-mounted array consists of 351 solar panels and is located on municipally-owned land that was formerly Sagamore Farm, between Route 1 north and Camden Hills State Park, north of Sagamore Farm Road.

Camden signed a power purchase agreement financial structure with ReVision Energy that requires no up-front investment from the town. Instead, the town of Camden pays ReVision monthly on the array and its electricity, at a rate comparable to the rate Central Maine Power charged in 2017.

Members of the Camden Energy and Sustainability Committee helped launch and coordinate the initiative. Camden residents who are interested in joining the committee are encouraged to attend one of the its monthly meetings. The next meeting is Monday, Jan. 22, from 5:30 to 7p.m., at the Watershed School, at 1 Free Street.

FMI: call 236-9878.

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