Plan pitched to cover Owls Head school with solar panels

By Stephen Betts | Mar 11, 2019
Revision Energy provided a presentation March 7 to the Regional School Unit 13 Board.

Owls Head — The Rockland-area school board will consider a proposal to cover the roof of Ash Point Community School with solar panels.

Revision Energy made an hour-long presentation Thursday night, March 7, to the Regional School Unit 13 Board. The board took no action, but Business Manager Peter Orne said talks would continue.

The installation cost would be $409,000, which Revision said could be financed by finding "impact investors." The investor would then sell the electricity to the school. After five years, the school can purchase the solar system at 60 percent of the upfront cost.

The project would have 755 panels and two inverters. The panels would provide more than enough electricity for the elementary school in Owls Head, and would also provide credits to offset additional power costs for RSU 13.

Nick Sampson of Revision said not only would the district benefit by reduced electrical costs, but it would provide clean energy over the long-term. He said solar power also has the benefit of providing educational opportunities for students and the community.

He estimated the district would save $3,000 a year on electricity.

Board member Gerald Weinand said one thing that troubled him was that the agreement is for 25 years and that each year the efficiencies of solar panel technology increases 2 to 3 percent, so the district would be locking itself into technology that would be outdated in several years.

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