Community Solar Updates for the Versant Bangor Hydro District

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Welcome to the Versant Power – Bangor Hydro District community solar farm update blog. With your membership, you’re saying yes to renewable energy in your neighborhood. Our developers (Novel Energy Solutions) 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 farms will provide clean energy to the following communities within Versant Power – Bangor Hydro District area which includes:

  • Hancock County, Maine
  • Piscataquis County, Maine
  • Washington County, Maine
  • Penobscot County, Maine

Construction Updates

February 2023

The Downeast Community Solar Farm is in the early stages of preparing the land to begin the construction process. Our developer has many solar farms in the early stages for the Versant Power – Bangor Hydro District utility.

Downeast Community Solar Farm ready for construction to start.

October 2022

At the Downeast Community Solar Farm our team is currently working on erosion control. This is a key step in any construction project for safety reasons as eroded soil can enter bodies of water. Racking will come next on this project. 

Erosion control at the Downeast Community Solar Farm.

Farm Statuses

Below is a list of active projects we are working to build within the Versant Power – Bangor Hydro District. This is just a preview of what is to come. Our pipeline has an estimated 50+ projects through the next year.

Garden NameSizeStatus
Downeast Solar4.9 MWConstruction Started
Machiasport2.8 MWConstruction Scheduled
Trenton2.8 MWConstruction Scheduled
Machias5 MWConstruction Scheduled
Whitneyville2.8 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 – Bangor Hydro 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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