A ground-mount solar array. PHOTO COURTESY OF COA

Solar info session set

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Business owners and farmers in Hancock County are invited to a solar power information session at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Monday, Nov. 6, at 5:30 p.m. The free event is part of the College of the Atlantic’s Solar for Businesses and Farms (SBF) initiative.

The SBF initiative aims to help local farmers and business owners reap the financial and social benefits of transitioning away from fossil fuels. Funded by a $65,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Renewable Energy Development Assistance program, the project is providing 30 or more Hancock County farms and small businesses with solar energy assessments and in-depth information on funding mechanisms available for solar power installations.

The SBF is the flagship project of the CEC and recently completed its first year.

The CEC is inspired by College of the Atlantic’s work with the Samsø Energy Academy on Samsø Island, Denmark. Samsø became the world’s first 100 percent renewable energy island in 2007 through a process that included citizen participation and economic rejuvenation. The CEC aims to encourage similar adoption of renewable energy through collaborative efforts in Hancock County.

Contact the COA Community Energy Center at 801-5688 or [email protected], visit the Community Energy Center on Facebook or visit www.coa.edu/cec.

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