Saco Maine's Town Council Unanimously Approves Solar Project

A Boston Globe report from earlier this week has the folks here at EcoWorld pleased again about what’s stirring in New England.

The town of Saco Maine recently met and when they did, the town’s councilors unanimously approved to enter into a 20 year lease with GridSolar to install solar panels on city owned land.

The Globe reports more details…

The Council unanimously approved an option for GridSolar to enter into a 20-year lease with the city to install solar panels on city-owned land as part of its solar power project.

It was the first land-lease agreement for GridSolar, which sees its plan as an alternative to a major upgrade in transmission lines proposed by Central Maine Power.

Under the agreement, GridSolar will pay an annual lease fee of $25,000 for the currently vacant property as well as property taxes on all improvements there. GridSolar is continuing discussions with other landowners and communities for similar installations elsewhere.

Alternative Energy reports more…

“Saco has been a leader in Maine in its commitment to renewable energy development,” says Richard Silkman, a founding partner of GridSolar. “We believe that this agreement and the approval by Maine’s Public Utilities Commission of the GridSolar Project will enable Saco to forego the disruptive transmission upgrades that CMP is seeking in local neighborhoods and rely instead on generation resources located in Saco to meet projected future load growth.”

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