Developer Syncarpha Capital has announced plans to build somewhere in the ballpark of 74 MW of new community solar in Maine, set to be spread out across 11 projects.
The 11 projects will be located in Augusta, Belfast, Corinna, Edgecomb, Old Town, Pittsfield, Readfield, Troy, Wiscasset & Waldoboro, will be open for subscription to Central Maine Power residential customers, with a select few of the projects also being open to commercial and industrial customers.
Syncarpha shares that it expects more projects to be added to the portfolio in the coming weeks and months, with hopes to have them start construction later in 2021 or early 2022. Of the 11 listed projects, the company has provided some specifics about three of them.
A 7 MW project in Old Town will be built on land leased from the city on Dewitt Airfield, land which was previously vacant, unused and untaxed.
Acquiring the land needed for the project in Readfield was a bit tricker, and the property owner will put approximately 75 of 95 acres into conservation, with the remaining acreage leased to Syncarpha. Once the project’s operational life has ended, equipment will be removed and the portion used for the former solar farm will be put into conservation as well.
The Augusta project will be constructed on rocky land bordering a highway, with 10 acres of the land being donated to the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine for their outdoor education center.
According to Syncarpha, most of the projects are planned to start construction over the course of the summer.
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