Going Solar in Maine
Did you know that Maine has the most sunny days in the Northeastern United States? Did you know that much of Maine -- especially on and around Mount Desert Island -- is at the same latitude as such sun-infused locales as Genoa, Italy and Bordeaux, France?
By harnessing the power of the sun or water, Maine communities in Hancock County, Penobscot County and Washington County can produce their own pollution-free reliable electricity. Technological advances, government solar assistance, the need for reliable power, and the growing urgency to reduce the use of fossil fuels make renewable solar energy systems increasingly attractive to Mainers.
Solar Technology makes it possible for home and business owners to have a dependable power from renewable sources. Mass production has significantly reduced the price of renewable energy systems and their components. Solar systems with battery-based backup power can ensure reliable power even when the utility grid is down.
The use of renewable sources such as the sun, increases our energy self sufficiency and fosters economic and national security. As more families, individuals and businesses generate their own renewable electricity, we will reduce pollution, provide more electricity for all to use, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and make the electricity on the grid "greener".
Deregulation has created an atmosphere of change in the United States. We are experiencing higher electricity rates and electricity shortages. Laws usually referred to as "net metering" allow solar-energy-system-owners to feed their excess generated electricity back to the utility. The system owner receives a credit or payment for renewable energy-generated electricity fed into the grid. In other words, you pay only for the net electricity you consume -- the amount of electricity you take from the utility minus the amount you generate and feed back from your solar system. With a solar electric system, you can provide yourself with protection from the rising prices of fuel, because your system's fuel is the sun. Additionally, state, local and federal tax incentives and solar rebates make obtaining a system more economical.