The 140 solar panels installed at the Lincolnville Fire Department will generate an estimated 52,485 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity each year, reducing carbon pollution by over 50,000 lbs annually. In all, the system will cover 91% of the town’s electrical load. Photo courtesy Greta Gulezian. Read more
Solar for Municipalities & Nonprofits
Lock in longterm savings with no upfront cost through PPAs or Net Energy Billing.
Solar energy is a fantastic way for municipalities, government entities, and nonprofits to lock in reliable costs of electricity for decades while reducing their impact on the climate.
Two available programs—the Net Energy Billing (NEB) program (Maine only) and solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)—are great paths to solar for municipalities and nonprofits organizations. These programs allow towns, schools, hospitals, and community organizations, who cannot take advantage of federal tax programs, enjoy the same benefits of clean solar power afforded to businesses and homeowners.
Both options require no upfront cost, and ensure long term energy cost savings and consistent support from our team.
Why Go Solar?
The benefits of solar are not just for residents and small businesses! Solar for municipalities and nonprofits extend the financial and environmental benefits of clean energy to entire communities.
With the transition to solar more affordable through PPAs and Net Energy Billing, municipalities and non-profits can protect themselves from rising utility costs and enjoy significant savings. Switching to local solar energy can mean more room in a municipal or nonprofit budget to invest in local jobs or projects.
New England’s solar resource is strong, thanks to bright, cold winters and long summer days. Annually, a solar array in Maine or New Hampshire will produce a comparable amount of power to the same system installed in Austin, Texas. And since electricity is relatively expensive in the Northeast, the value of the New England system is higher than that of the system in Texas.
Solar is the clear environmental winner, with no moving parts, long-lived equipment, and no emissions in the generation of power. In short, going solar is good for your budget, good for your community, and good for the planet!
PPA & NEB Program Overviews
There are two programs through which municipal, nonprofit, and qualifying commercial customers can transition to solar, and take advantage of all its benefits and incentives. For Maine municipalities and nonprofits, the Net Energy Billing (NEB) program is a great way to lock in consistent solar savings at no upfront cost, through a 20-year contract with ReVision Energy and the utility company. A solar power purchase agreement (PPA), which is available in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, is also a great option that requires no upfront capital.
Net Energy Billing (NEB) (Maine only)
For qualifying Maine customers, the Net Energy Billing (NEB) program offers the ability to offset their energy bill in the form of monetary credits. Commercial and municipal customers lock in significant cost savings for 20 years by buying discounted solar NEB credits generated ReVision Energy offsite projects without needing to install solar panels on their roofs or properties.
Benefits of offsite NEB projects:
- No upfront cost
- No space or rooftop require for solar arrays
- 20 years of consistent savings
- Savings to invest back into community
- Carbon pollution reduction
Solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)
A solar PPA is an innovative financial structure which eliminates the #1 barrier to a municipality or nonprofit going solar – access to upfront capital. No initial cost is required. Instead, we pair an interested town, nonprofit or school with a private solar investor, who can take advantage of federal tax programs not available to the nonprofit.
Benefits of solar PPA projects:
- No upfront cost
- Path to ownership
- Avoid utility rate hikes
- Lowest long-term power cost vs. any other source
- Savings to invest back into community
- Carbon pollution reduction
Why Choose ReVision Energy?
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. Our company has been ranked the #1 rooftop solar installer in New England for the past three years. 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 more-so) 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 training 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. Our highly trained, in-house service and maintenance team ensures your system will operate at peak performance for years to come.
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.
Municipal Solar Projects
The Town of Nottingham’s 368 solar panels on the roofs of their Fire Station and Community Center help protect the town’s pristine environment and valued natural resources. These arrays totaling 110.4 kilowatts will produce roughly 120,800 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of over 220,000 miles driven in a gas-powered car. Nottingham took advantage… Read more
10.8kw solar energy installed for the New Gloucester Water District, in New Gloucester, Maine by ReVision Energy. Read more
South Portland’s one-megawatt solar array at the City’s capped landfill (929 Highland Avenue) came online in October 2017. This is the largest municipal solar project in Maine to date. ReVision Energy installed the 2,944 photovoltaic panels on the 34-acre former landfill, which is behind the City’s transfer station and new public services facility. The solar… Read more
Solar Projects for Nonprofits
Since July of 2019, Temple Beth Abraham has been solar-powered with 247 rooftop panels. Each year the system will generate roughly 83,881 kilowatt-hours of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of over 145,000 miles driven in a gas-powered car. The Temple was financed through a Power Purchase Agreement, allowing them to go solar at no upfront cost,… Read more
The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester has transitioned to solar energy. ReVision Energy installed 408 solar panels this summer on three rooftops, at the Union Street Clubhouse in Manchester and the Pool House and Stebbins Family Hall buildings at Camp Foster in Bedford. Collectively, the arrays will produce close to 150,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity… Read more
Bread & Roses, a nonprofit community kitchen in Lawrence, MA, had a solar project installed by ReVision Energy that will generate approximately 23,000 kilowatt-hours per year. Read more
70 panels on the roof of the Federated Church of Marlborough’s Community House in Marlborough, NH will generate roughly 24,667 kilowatt-hours of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of over 42,600 miles driven in a gas-powered car. Financing their project through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) allowed the church to go solar at no upfront cost in… Read more
Solar Projects for Schools
At the time of its completion, the Dover High School solar installation was the largest rooftop solar array in ReVision’s company history. The project at the Dover High School and Career Technical Center includes 2,581 solar panels, increasing the state’s solar capacity by 1.5% and saving Dover taxpayers more than $4 million long-term at no… Read more
54 solar panels on the roof of the Cornerspring Montessori School will generate roughly 18,887 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of electricity every year, offsetting the equivalent of driving over 32,600 miles in a gas-powered car. Located in Belfast, ME, the Cornerspring Montessori school follows the Montessori approach to teaching that allows children the freedom to develop at… Read more
175 solar panels on the roof of Hollis Montessori School pair perfectly with the school’s energy-efficient, Passive House design. The School went solar in March of 2019 with a 56.9 kilowatt array that will generate roughly 69,412 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, offsetting the equivalent of driving over 120,000 miles in a gas-powered car. Hollis… Read more
266 panels on the roof of the Bristol Consolidated School help the school lower electricity costs and carbon emissions. Each year, their 81.13 kilowatt solar array will generate roughly 92,547 kilowatt-hours (kWhs) of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of driving over 168,800 miles in a gas-powered car. The Bristol Consolidated School financed their array through a… Read more