Former gravel mine future web site of SunRaise Investments neighborhood solar undertaking

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New England solar developer SunRaise Investments’ newest community solar garden being developed in Baldwin, Maine is ahead of schedule and will go live in early 2021. The 4.8 MW solar system is being developed on an abandoned gravel mine and was viewed as degraded by officials with restricted uses.

SunRaise Investments used the degraded land designation to build a 20 hectare communal solar garden. The new project was largely thanks to the approval of Maine municipal solar legislation late last year, signed by the government of Governor Janet Mills. With Community Solar, solar developers can offer credit for solar energy from solar gardens to any Mainer paying an electricity bill.

“With the announcement of this project, it is a sunny day in East and West Baldwin. Maine has immense natural resources. If we take advantage of some of the sunshine we all love to enjoy, the community is sure to benefit in the short and long term, ”said Senator Bill Diamond (D-Cumberland). “I am and I am looking forward to the wonderful citizens of this true Maine city.”

Rep. Steve Moriarty (D-Cumberland) added, “I admire SunRaise’s approach to reusing abandoned real estate to produce clean and renewable energy. Cumberland made a similar decision, inaugurating a 474.8 kW solar array in January this year, which was being built on the site of the city’s closed landfill. “

The solar garden is currently accepting both residential and commercial uses for any Central Maine Power Utility customer. Subscribers can participate with no upfront cost or commitment and start making cost savings almost immediately.

“The Baldwin solar development is a great addition to Cumberland County. In addition to providing the local community with zero-emission clean energy, we have been able to recycle degraded land to provide Mainers with discounted electricity and local employment, ”said Patrick Jackson, senior vice president of business development, SunRaise Investments. “During construction, the project will support 138 local jobs and provide the county with significant tax benefits over the life of the system.”

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