An image from a solar project that was finished in Belfast, Maine

An image from a similar project that was finished in Belfast, Maine

Wednesday night, Portland and South Portland approved plans to build solar farms on old landfills in each city, creating two of the state’s largest municipal solar installations. From the Portland Press Herald:

The Portland City Council unanimously approved a contract with Portland-based ReVision Energy that passed with little discussion despite an independent analysis by a California-based consultant that outlined a scenario in which each city could lose money – an outcome that Portland city leaders said was highly unlikely.

Afterward, Mayor Ethan Strimling said the solar project was “a great step” toward his goal of using solar to power 25 percent of the city’s homes, businesses and public buildings over the next 10 years.

“It’s both symbolic and practical,” Strimling said. “We have a lot of work to do. We have a long way to go to confront climate change.”

Read the full article here: http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/22/portland-finalizes-plan-to-convert-old-landfill-into-a-solar-farm/