Phil Coupe and Fortunat Mueller Next List

Phil Coupe and Fortunat Meuller. Tim Greenway Photo.

Mainebiz, the business news source of Maine, has nominated two of ReVision’s managing partners to the ‘Next’ list: Fortunat Mueller and Phil Coupe.

Coupe and Mueller independently approached Pat Coon and Bill Behrens of Energyworks (our name prior to becoming ReVision Energy) in 2005 with the idea of expanding Energyworks’ solar energy offerings to Southern Maine. In 2006, Energyworks South was formed.

Six years later, the solar industry in Maine has transformed dramatically. ReVision Energy has grown from a shop of a handful of people to a 50-person company contracted to install Maine’s largest solar energy array.

Darren Fishell writes:

Ten years ago, Mueller says, the market for home and business installations was mostly limited to people with “a decided environmental streak.” In the past three years, the cost of solar energy systems has dropped 50%.

Mueller says the new economics of solar are becoming attractive to customers looking purely at the bottom line as the costs of delivering more conventional sources of power and heat continue to rise … there are practical, self-preservation interests in Maine making strides to dump fossil fuels, too.

“It’s at our own peril that we fail to be a leader [in renewable energy],” Coupe says. “The last time I checked, there wasn’t a drop of fossil fuel under our soil in Maine, but we are rich in renewable energy resources.”

That means a mix of wind, solar, tidal and biomass.

“Maine has a lot of what it needs in the state to meet its power demands,” Coupe says. “But it’s going to take a lot of infrastructure build-out to make that happen.”

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Coupe and Mueller will be attending a ‘Next’ mixer on Thursday, November 8th from 5-7pm at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. Details and registration here.