ReVision Energy co-founder Bill Behrens and Thomas College staff member Chris Rhoda discuss the private-public partnership that resulted in building one of the largest solar arrays in Maine.

The rising cost of energy has profoundly affected our local nonprofits and schools, who have to adapt to working on tighter and tighter budgets without compromising the quality of their important work.  Solar offers an opportunity to help break away from the budget uncertainty surrounding energy, and to secure decades of reliable energy prices while significantly lowering your carbon footprint.

Power Purchase Agreeements (PPA)

ReVision Energy offers a private-public partnership model called a “Power Purchase Agreement” (PPA) which allows an interested nonprofit or school¬†to be paired with an interested private investor, who can take advantage of federal tax programs available for solar that the nonprofit¬†cannot. ¬†The nonprofit¬†offers up rooftop or ground space, we coordinate and install the project, and the private entity sells electricity to the municipality for less than they would otherwise pay for electricity from the utility. ¬†The result: no money upfront, instant savings, and a concrete clean energy generating asset developed that may ultimately be purchased by the¬†nonprofit or school.

The PPA models include a path to ownership typically after 7 years, allowing the nonprofit entity to ultimately own the solar generating assets and save a much greater amount of money in the long-term.

Grant or Donor-Funded Projects

Due to their complexity, PPA projects are appropriate for larger arrays (50kw and up) and may also be market or utility dependent. Nonprofits¬†that¬†do not fall into this category can still have ‘turnkey’ solar energy systems installed, projects that are purchased and owned outright by the nonprofit. Grant money, while limited, can be found for these projects. Also, many donors find that a solar investment is a great way to make the most of their charitable donation.

How ReVision Works

We are a full service design, engineering, and installation company with an unmatched depth of experience in Northern New England.  Our company has been ranked #25 in the country in rooftop solar installers and our work has been featured in industry magazines such as Solar Pro.  With over 4,500 successful installations across the region, we have refined our design and installation practices such that our renewable energy systems are as dependable (or moreso) than the conventional systems they replace.  We install and service mature technologies that are ready to suffer through 35+ years of harsh New England winters.

We streamline system installation, and eliminate the confusion and difficulty of working with multiple subcontractors, by using our own highly trained team of professional solar technicians on every project. ¬†In addition to NABCEP certification (the industry’s highest level of traning and accreditation), our technicians carry state solar installer certification. ReVision Energy’s project supervisors also hold master electrician and master plumber licenses to ensure that every completed system is code-compliant and qualifies for government financial incentives.

Due to the volume of solar we install, and thanks to relationships such as our part in the AMICUS solar cooperative, we have long-term purchasing relationships with manufacturers of high quality system components. This enables us to source the very best components at a significant discount and pass the savings on to you, keeping our prices competitive without compromising in component selection.

ReVision Energy backs every system with a promise to deliver exceptional customer service. Our technicians perform regularly scheduled preventative maintenance to ensure your system is operating at peak performance over the long haul. In addition, should you need assistance any time, day or night, our technicians are on call for you.