Heat Pump and Rooftop Solar Puts Northeast Radiant on Path to Net Zero

The rising cost of oil and gas has spurred Mainers’ interest in heating alternatives. A new generation of heat pump technology and falling costs of solar electric modules have combined for a vision that many would not have believed feasible: affordable electric heat offset entirely by solar power. Leading this charge is Northeast Radiant Technologies… Read more

Electric Cars Arrive in Portland, Maine

Electric car fever has hit Portland!  After years of speculation, development, and delays, a full suite of full and hybrid electric cars including the Chevy Volt, the Nissan LEAF, and the plug-in Prius are all shipping.  Electric cars have tremendous promise – they are comfortable, fun to drive, and offer an incredible value proposition: the… Read more

Coffee by Design Fuels Roasting Operation with Solar

Coffee By Design Goes Solar Founded in 1994, when Portland’s downtown vacancy rate was 40%, Coffee by Design has from its origins been a promoter of local art and nexus of Portland’s community. From their humble origins, they have grown into a staff of 45, with four coffeehouses (three are icons of Portland’s downtown and… Read more

Solar Hot Water Served Up at Becky’s Diner

Portland’s famed Becky’s Diner now sports 8 flat plate solar hot water collectors to help wash all those dishes. The Forecaster reports: When Becky Rand renovated her iconic diner on Commercial Street four years ago, she wanted to add solar heating panels but couldn’t afford to do it. She made sure the necessary plumbing was… Read more

Black Dinah Chocolatiers – “Solar Helps Our Business to Grow”

Roughly 2/3 of the electricity used in the new Black Dinah Chocolatiers commercial kitchen will come from the sun! “When you live on an island, it shapes your thinking,” says Steve Shaffer, one of the proprietors of Isle au Haut based Black Dinah Chocolatiers, “You learn that everything you carry in you must carry out…. Read more

Sunset Hill House Goes Back to the Future With Solar Hot Water

The new solar hot water system for Sunset Hill House will pay for itself in under 4 years! For over 100 years breathtaking views and refreshing mountain air have attracted travelers to Sunset Hill House, nestled in the heart of Franconia Notch and the White Mountains. Over the decades it has seen both travel and… Read more

Town of Manchester, ME Fire Station Powered by Solar

The solar electric system on the fire station in Manchester, Maine will provide more than half the power for the building The Town of Manchester, Maine, has one of the first solar-powered fire stations in the state! Last month we finished installation of a 9.2kw grid-tied photovoltaic array, which will provide over 11,000 kWh of… Read more

Bangor Daily News Highlights New Supercuts PV System in Brewer

The 18.3kw solar electric array on Supercuts’ Brewer location is expected to provide 100% of the energy efficient building’s electric loads! On busy Wilson street in Brewer, perhaps the most striking building is the new Supercuts, which boasts a bold architectural design and a 18.3kw grid-tied solar electric system. According to building owner Carol Epstein,… Read more

Black Dog Car Wash’s New Dover Location Shines

The 7.5KW grid-tied solar electric system on Black Dog Car Wash’s Dover location will save the business over $1,400/yr in electric costs. How do you stand-out in the crowded world of car washes? For Black Dog Car Wash, it’s been dedication to an exceptional customer experience, state-of-the-art-facilities, and a commitment to the environment. With water… Read more