Cianbro's solar farm gets green light from PUC


The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday gave Cianbro the go-ahead to enter a long-term contract with Central Maine Power Co. for power generated at its 57-acre solar farm in Pittsfield.
The Bangor Daily News reported that the $24.2 million solar farm, which is managed by Cianbro subsidiary Pittsfield Solar LLC, has been approved by environmental regulators and is expected to be connected to the grid and begin generating at half capacity by December. 
The newspaper reported that the solar farm will have a maximum generation capacity of 9.9 megawatts and CMP will pay 8.45 cents per kilowatt-hour for that electricity over a 20-year contract period.
When completed and in full operation in June 2018, the solar farm will have 41,000 solar panels, the newspaper reported.