Wolf Pine Farm Solar Alfred, ME

Tom Harms of Wolf Pine Farm, an organic farm in Alfred, Maine, talks about going solar and the commitment to long-term sustainability.

Farming and solar are a natural fit.  After all, what is farming if not the original use of solar energy?

Today’s active solar technology complements the age-old practice of agriculture by allowing farmers and agricultural to enjoy long-term energy savings, gain independence, and make their efforts even more sustainable.

How Solar Works

Solar photovoltaic (PV) is the an excellent choice for farming, simply because of how simple and flexible solar PV technology is.  A farm can use PV to generate clean electricity on its rooftop (or land) at a very predictable cost-per-kilowatt-hour that is generally less than currently paid to the utility.  When the sun is out, the panels make power.  When the sun goes down, the business consumes electricity from the grid.  Grid consumption versus production is reconciled monthly and credits carry forward up to a year.

For farms (such as dairies) that have high on-site hot water consumption, solar hot water may also be worth a look.  Solar hot water systems can be integrated with any existing water heating solution, whether oil, electric, propane, or natural gas.

Farmers can also use air source heat pumps to reduce heating costs for their facilities and EV charging stations to recharge vehicles.

Available Incentives

  • Federal 26% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) through 2016.
  • 5-year MACRS depreciation.
  • State rebates, which vary.
  • Eligible for USDA REAP Grant awards.
  • REC revenues available in some areas.

How ReVision Works

Solar for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Short documentary about the installation of a solar electric array on a historic barn for MOFGA – the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

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.