Sand Pond Solar Power Makes Home One Step Closer to Fossil-Fuel Free

Energy conservation had been on Cliff Babkirk’s mind for years, but it reached a head in 2008 when he received an invoice from his heating oil company for $5,000 for a pre-paid contract. “I knew I had to do something different,” he says, “I wanted to get off oil for environmental reasons already but now… Read more

Biddeford Savings Now Offering Solar-Ready Loans up to $25,000

A recently installed solar hot water system in Gardiner, Maine Great news for Mainers ready to start kicking their oil habits – Biddeford Savings Bank is now offering a 7.99% APR loan program for financing solar energy projects and other efficiency upgrades. With home heating oil averaging $3.67/gallon in Maine, financing a solar hot water… Read more

Maine Towns Pick up PACE Legislation

UPDATE: As of 7/17/12, we have a listing of towns in Maine with a PACE ordinance While it’s faced legal hurdles in other parts of the country, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing may finally be arriving for Maine residents as early as mid-November according to Efficiency Maine. UPDATE: As of April 4, 2011, PACE… Read more

Dayton Town Hall Solar Electric System to Reduce Power Bill to Nearly Zero

The Town of Dayton, Maine will now enjoy electric bills of nearly zero year-round thanks to a 15 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system commissioned the first week of August. The system, which received funding from Efficiency Maine as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). An article about the project was featured in… Read more

Sizing Grid-Tied Solar – Or, What Makes a Kilowatt a Kilowatt

This 3.2kw solar electric system just installed in New Hampshire will generate over 4,000 kWh of electricity each year. We’ll often say that the only limiting factors of a grid-tied solar electric system’s size are available roof space and budget. If you have a huge roof with great southern exposure, you can install enough solar… Read more

Efficiency Maine Extends $1,000 Summer Bonus to Home Energy Savings Program

Efficiency Maine has announced that their popular $1,000 summer promotion for the Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) has been extended. Sign up by August 31st to qualify for an additional $1,000 beyond the existing $1,500 – $3,000 of incentives available in the program. Here’s how it works: You no longer have to complete the project… Read more

New Hampshire Now Offering $1,500 Solar Hot Water Cash Rebate

Flat plate solar hot water collectors installed on a home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Solar hot water systems now qualify for an average $1,500 rebate from the state of New Hampshire. As of Earth Day 2010, New Hampshire now offers a state solar hot water rebate program, which averages $1,500 for a typical residential solar… Read more

How Solar Increases the Value of Your Home

Clean solar electricity and solar hot water system installed on a home in Porter, Maine Many people ask us how solar affects a home’s resale value.  The quick answer – solar can be a huge asset when it comes time to sell your home, though there are a variety of considerations you should take into… Read more