This Thursday: Solar Open House at the Hope General Store
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In an effort to take advantage of historically low solar electric prices as and state and federal government incentives, the Hope General Store recently installed a 4.6 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system on the roof of the store in Hope Village.
To celebrate the installation, Hope General owner Andrew Stewart and ReVision Energy are inviting the public to a solar open house on Thursday, April 29th from 3pm – 6pm at the Hope General Store, 449 Camden Road, Hope. Stewart and ReVision staff will be on hand to talk about the solar electric system, how it works, current pricing, and available solar technology in Maine.
The solar electric system, designed and installed by our Liberty branch, consists of 20 Canadian Solar 230-watt photovoltaic (PV) panels. The 4.6 kilowatt system covers an area of 845 square feet and will produce roughly 5,900 kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity annually while offsetting roughly 7,700 pounds of CO2 each year.
Grid-tied solar electricity systems require no batteries and instead use the existing electrical grid to store any excess power created on site. Sun hits the PV panels and inverters change the DC power into usable AC electricity. Utility companies in Maine, under net-billing law, are required to credit any excess production (month-by-month) for up to 12 months.