Bring clean solar energy to your local community! Solar energy is a fantastic way for municipalities to lock in reliable costs of electricity for decades while reducing their impact on the climate.
ReVision Energy has been helping towns and cities in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of solar for over 15 years, and extend those benefits to their greater communities.
Benefits of solar for towns and municipalities:
Two available programs—solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) and the Net Energy Billing (NEB) program (Maine only)—are great paths to solar for municipalities. These programs allow towns, cities, and local government entities, who cannot take advantage of federal tax programs, to enjoy the same benefits of clean solar power afforded to businesses and homeowners.
A solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is an innovative financial structure which eliminates the primary barrier to municipal entities going solar: access to upfront capital. Instead of requiring a capital investment, ReVision Energy pairs the interested party with local mission-motivated solar investors who can take advantage of federal tax incentives not available to cities and towns. The investor partner owns and operates the array at the municipality's location and sells the solar power to the host at below-market rates with $0 upfront cost.
PPA financing offers solutions to the challenges standing between non-taxed organizations and their potential solar savings:
ReVision Energy PPAs come with a standard 25-year term, which can be extended 10 additional years. All PPAs also include a flexible discounted early buyout option after 5 years. Long-term ownership ensures the lowest long-term levelized cost of electricity from any source at 50%-75% below existing or projected utility costs while cutting carbon pollution.
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Solar is an environmental and economic winner for our towns and municipal entities, and for the people who live in them.
With the transition to more affordable solar through PPAs, towns and municipalities can protect themselves from rising utility costs and enjoy significant savings. Switching to local solar energy can also mean more room in a budget to invest in local jobs, community outreach, and other projects.
For towns in New England, solar presents an especially strong set of benefits that can be extended to our communities year-round. New England’s solar resource is strong, thanks to bright, cold winters and long summer days. Solar is the clear environmental winner, with no moving parts, long-lasting equipment, and no emissions in the generation of power. In short, going solar is good for your budget, good for your community, and good for the planet.
Our growing portfolio of different municipal solar projects (towns, cities, fire and police departments, libraries, public housing, and more!) is source of pride for our team as we work tirelessly to expand the benefits of solar to communities across our three states.
The Town of Hope, Maine, installed a 120-panel solar array in 2020. The project, pictured below, is expected to save the town’s taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars across the lifespan of the system, while eliminating over 50,000 pounds of carbon pollution every year.
The array powers Hope’s town office and heat pumps as well as the town's salt shed and two fire stations. The project was greatly celebrated, with much of the town coming out to watch the array's grand opening (despite the frigid temperatures!).