Community Solar Updates for the Versant Maine Public District

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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 

Construction Updates

February 2023

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.

Electrical being installed at the Skyway solar farm in Maine.

November 2022

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.

The racking has been completed at the Skyway Community Solar Farm.

October 2022

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. 

Community Solar Panels.
Community solar panels installed in Versant Power territory.

October 2022

The solar panels are starting to be installed. You are another step closer to saving money on your electric bill. 

Solar panels are being installed at Aroostook 2.

Farm Statuses

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.

Garden NameSizeStatus
Huggard2.5 MWInterconnecting to the grid
Sheridan3 MWInterconnecting to the grid
Skyway2.5 MWInterconnecting to the grid
Penobscot3 MWAssembling Racking
Houlton1.72 MWConstruction Started
Mars Hill2.5 MWCivil work Started
Jalbert 2249 kWConstruction Scheduled
Mapleton 2 195 kWConstruction Scheduled
Caribou Connector 133 kWConstruction Scheduled
Thibeau 182 kWConstruction Scheduled
Hughes2.5 MWConstruction Scheduled

*Garden size will be finalized once energized. 


Got Questions?

We will continue to provide progress updates on our progress in the Versant Power – Maine Public District. If you have further questions about your membership or need assistance, please call us at (651) 634-1452 or email us at

If you are interested in joining a garden. Sign up online at

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