7.45MW of Community Solar is Now Online in China, Maine
E2Tech Sustaining Leader, PowerMarket, has been busy partnering with SunRaise on a community solar project in China, Maine that just went live. This project will support around 1,000 subscribers, and has begun to supply energy to the Central Maine Power utility grid. Subscribers will earn savings on the community solar credits they get from this project.
This will be the fourth project that SunRaise and PowerMarket have partnered on. PowerMarket is an employee owned community solar management company, with some of their employees living and working in Maine. SunRaise is a New England solar energy developer, owner, and operator. SunRaise manages 22 MW of community solar in the state of Maine currently.
“There has been a lot of discussion about reduction targets that we need to hit in order to reduce the impacts of climate change,” Patrick Jackson, Co-Founder of SunRaise Investments said. “Community solar will continue to play a large role in our ability to meet these goals nationally and right here in Maine. This project brings us another step closer to where we need to be.”
News item from PowerMarket
What is community solar?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “.... community solar (is) any solar project or purchasing program, within a geographic area, in which the benefits of a solar project flow to multiple customers such as individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups” (www.energy.gov). Community solar customers, or subscribers, receive credits from the electricity generated from these projects. Community solar is often a great alternative to installing your own panels at home.
How does it help Maine reach reduction targets?
The energy created by these community solar projects doesn’t go directly to customers homes, but instead are fed through a power grid (www.nrcm.org). This stops the need for fossil fuels, and reduces harmful emissions. The electric power sector is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases in the U.S., and solar gives people a renewable and emission free resource (www.seia.org).