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May 2, 2016

Solar project at former Brunswick mill gets thumbs up

The Village Review Board of Brunswick has given the green light to a proposed 160-panel solar array to be installed atop the roof of the four-story Fort Andross Mill.

Portland-based ReVision Energy is slated to install the 40-kilowatt solar array, which has a price tag of $127,000, by the end of June, The Forecaster reported.

Dan Jacques, a partner at Waterfront Maine, owner of the former mill, told The Forecaster that the catalyst of the solar project came from the lease agreement between Waterfront Maine and one of its tenants, the Nature Conservancy of Maine.

“Waterfront agreed to finance the project entirely on their own, and then sell us the electricity … through the lease agreement,” Nature Conservancy Associate State Director Tom Rumpf, told The Forecaster. “It gives us the ability to have a clean energy source, and we’re trying to demonstrate a new potential model for leasees to discuss with their landlord.”

In addition to the solar panels project, Waterfront Maine will also be installing a charging station for electrical vehicles in the mill’s parking lot.

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