Bowdoinham chooses Nexamp to supply solar power to the town
Bowdoinham officials will sign a deal with community solar farm Nexamp to supply town-owned buildings with clean energy at a reduced cost, according to a press release.
Nexamp’s community solar farm, located in Madison, features 10,000 solar panels generating enough energy to power more than 750 average homes.
“Bowdoinham subscribes to a farm allowance which covers the power used by five of its municipal buildings,” according to the statement.
Bowdoinham’s director of planning and development, Jennifer Curtis, said the five buildings would include the town office, town hall, public works, fire department and riverside park. She said the accounts for these buildings were the only ones large enough to qualify for the project.
With no upfront cost, switching to solar power is expected to save the city 15% on its annual electricity costs, according to Nexamp.
Curtis said last year’s electricity bill for municipal buildings was $19,000. If the city saves 15% on solar power, that could bring the annual cost down to $16,150, a savings of $2,850.
“The committee is pleased to see that Bowdoinham will get its electricity from a solar source,” said Wendy Rose, chair of the community development advisory committee. “This is a critical time to make this move and save the town money. Our hope is that in the future, the chosen board will explore installing a solar panel in town to Even more benefits It’s good to know that signing with Nexamp now won’t prevent us from exploring other alternatives in the future.
Curtis said using the solar farm is less risky for Bowdoinham as it will not require taking out a large bond to build its own solar farm or install solar panels on buildings in the town. If the city wants to stop using the solar park, it can, after giving three months’ notice to Nexamp, she added.
“It’s important to note that community solar is different from rooftop solar or an alternative energy provider,” said Keith Hevenor, communications manager at Nexamp. “A community solar farm feeds renewable energy directly into the electricity grid and subscribers benefit from credits that reduce their electricity bill. They pay the value of these credits with a flat discount – 15% in Maine – saving an average of 15% per year. Subscribers do not “convert to solar,” but rather subscribe to the farm to reduce costs and support the development of more renewable energy for the grid.
Nexamp has several dozen community solar farms throughout Maine and the United States, available to homeowners, tenants, municipalities, small businesses, and nonprofits.
“We have about two dozen projects underway in Maine today, in cities like Madison, Gorham, Auburn, Lisbon, Rumford, Milo, Harrington and more,” Hevenor said. “Because the power is delivered directly to the grid, we can serve anyone powered by CMP or Versant in Maine.”
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