A rendering of what the completed solar panel installation on the office portion of the Bar Harbor Public Works building will look like.

Solar project to go live

BAR HARBOR — A solar panel array on the office portion of the Public Works Garage will be ready to go live this month, councilor Gary Friedmann told the Town Council Tuesday. The panels are scheduled for delivery Oct. 19, Friedmann said. The installation should be complete a week or so later, weather permitting.

A brief public ceremony to celebrate the project is set for Thursday, Oct. 29, at 3:30 p.m. at the Public Works facility off the Crooked Road. Representatives from ReVision and the town will offer brief remarks, and some refreshments will be available.

“We want to mark this achievement for the town,” Friedmann said, “and invite citizens to come see the installation.”

Information also will be available at the event about the planned Community Solar Farm (CSF) project, which is still seeking investors, Friedmann said.

“People can see the planned site for the solar farm as well as the panels that are up and running.”

The plan is for electricity generated by the system to be used for the Public Works department’s operations. The council approved a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with ReVision and Emera in August. There will be a website where people can log in and check how much power is being generated by the system at any moment, Friedmann said.

The solar array will be owned and paid for by ReVision and supply electricity to the town at a set rate. After six years of use, the town has the option to purchase the system at fair market value, currently estimated to be $79,600. The purchase, if it happens, nullifies the PPA.

The terms of the agreement were negotiated by a committee including Knight, councilors Paul Paradis and Gary Friedmann, Public Works Director Chip Reeves, Warrant Committee member Seth Libby and Steve Hinchman, director of financing for ReVision.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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