Despite Maine’s current lack of a comprehensive solar policy, individuals, businesses, and towns around the state are taking matters into their own hands and moving toward a more sustainable energy future with solar power.
The Spotlight has already highlighted several community-scale solar projects, including municipal solar projects like those currently operating in or proposed for Bar Harbor, Belfast, and other towns. But Town of Winslow officials recently approved rules that would allow for construction of large, commercial-scale solar projects. In fact, the proposal that spurred the action would be the largest solar project in Maine.
Town officials discussed some of the issues surrounding commercial-scale solar production including land use, zoning, set-backs, protection of residential areas and vistas, and more. They recognized the potential benefits that large-scale solar projects could generate in their town, setting an important precedent for Maine.
Winslow and other towns are taking bold steps to ensure they tap into clean, local energy sources like solar power to increase energy independence, create good jobs, and cut dirty energy pollution. Way to go, Winslow!
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