GREENWOOD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A western Maine ski resort took at major step towards becoming 100 percent energy sustainable in the future.
With a flip of a switch, a 800 panel solar project went on line Thursday at the Mt. Abram Ski Area. The $900,000 system will offset 70 percent of the ski area’s annual energy needs.
The ski area, which has five chair lift and 54 trails, overcame a devastating fire a few years ago. A fire swept through the main lodge after it was hit by lightning. The owners said it gave them an opportunity to go green, first trading in heating oil for wood pellet boilers and now producing it’s own energy.
“We are hoping and we have seen results of this that more people are going to ski here as a result of being a sustainable mountain playground,” said Matt Hancock, the owner of Mt. Abram.
They hope is make the ski area completely sustainable in the next few years.