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January 11, 2018

Camden fires up first municipal solar array

Camden's first municipal solar array was switched on Jan. 3.

The PenBay Pilot reported the array is expected to offset about 7% of the town's annual energy use. The ground-mounted array, installed by ReVision Energy, consists of 351 solar panels and is on municipally owned land.

Camden signed a Power Purchase Agreement financial structure with ReVision that required no upfront investment from the town. Instead, Camden pays ReVision monthly on the array and its electricity at a rate comparable to the rate Central Maine Power Co. charged in 2017.

Camden is expected to experience energy savings of almost 1.5 cents per kWh in 2018, and more than $2,000 over the course of the year.

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