Welcome to the Versant Power – Maine Public District community solar farm update blog. With your membership, you’re saying yes to renewable energy in your neighborhood. Our developers are in the process of constructing multiple gardens at once. Memberships like yours help us grow and bring more savings and support of clean, local energy to your neighborhood.
The three main steps to building a community solar farm:
- Construction started
- Solar panels installed
- Power grid connected
All of these steps need to take place before savings can begin.
Communities Served by Join Solar
Solar energy produced by Join Solar’s community solar farms will provide clean energy to the following communities within Versant Power – Maine Public District area which includes:
- Aroostook County, Maine
- Part of Penobscot County, Maine
Electrical work at Huggard, Sheridan, and Skyway is almost complete, and we can begin the interconnection process with the utility. The members of these three solar farms will receive a notification when the garden is energized. At Penobscot solar farm, the construction crew is driving posts into the ground for racking to be assembled.
Sheridan Community Solar Farm is preparing to have racking installed while Skyway Community Solar Farm has just completed racking installation. Racking is what is used to safely fix solar panels to different surfaces such as a roof or, in this case, the ground. Additionally, over at Huggard Community Solar Farm modular installation has just wrapped up.
We’re working with the local utility to ensure that the proper infrastructure is in place to connect the new solar farm to the power grid. The local utility will then run several tests to make sure everything is working properly before the community solar project is officially connected and turned on. This process usually takes about six weeks before the project is connected to the power grid.
The solar panels are starting to be installed. You are another step closer to saving money on your electric bill.
Below is a list of active projects we are working to build within the Versant Power – Maine Public District. This is just a preview of what is to come. Our pipeline has an estimated 65+ projects through the next five years.
|Huggard||2.5 MW||Interconnecting to the grid|
|Sheridan||3 MW||Interconnecting to the grid|
|Skyway||2.5 MW||Interconnecting to the grid|
|Penobscot||3 MW||Assembling Racking|
|Houlton||1.72 MW||Construction Started|
|Mars Hill||2.5 MW||Civil work Started|
|Jalbert 2||249 kW||Construction Scheduled|
|Mapleton 2||195 kW||Construction Scheduled|
|Caribou Connector||133 kW||Construction Scheduled|
|Thibeau||182 kW||Construction Scheduled|
|Hughes||2.5 MW||Construction Scheduled|
*Garden size will be finalized once energized.