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Here is an example of some Solar Power News in Maine:
PORTLAND, Maine — Nate Curtis stood in the middle of a 12-acre clearing, where he is about to begin construction of a 3.1 megawatt solar farm.
It's one of 17 solar projects he has under development in Maine, most of them “community solar farms” like the one in Bristol, in which subscribers pay for a portion of the electricity it generates.
Curtis said he hopes to have 850 homes and businesses signed up in Bristol.
“We always guarantee 18 to 20 percent savings on the bill, regardless of rate,” Curtis said.
Community solar projects are a category created under a 2019 law passed by the Maine Legislature and signed by the governor to encourage significant growth in renewable energy sources in order to combat climate change.
Community solar projects must be smaller than 5 MW in size, whole other projects can be as large as the available land, financing and electrical system will accommodate.
The law prompted a surge of projects, some of which have been built and are online while others are still being developed.
To encourage that growth, community solar developers are allowed a rate for their electricity that is higher than what larger “grid scale” solar projects can get in the market.
That policy has been generating criticism and is the focus of a bill awaiting action by the Legislature this week.
"The cost is predictably going to cost ratepayers another 20 to 30 percent more than they’re paying now, which is too high," Tony Buxton, a lawyer for industrial clients who use large amounts of electricity, said.
Grid scale projects charge a marketplace rate that is typically around 3.5 to 4 cents per kilowatt hour, but the law passed three years ago ties the price community solar developers get for their power to the price of natural gas, which drives the standard offer price for electricity. Critics have said that higher price is being spread across all ratepayers and is forcing up customer costs.
“If you can get 100 megawatts at 4 cents a kilowatt hour, why in the heck would you buy 5 megawatts at 18 cents a kilowatt hour? And that’s what’s happening,” Sen. Trey Stewart, R-Presque Isle, an outspoken opponent of the policy in the Legislature said.