Dublin, OH, January 31, 2017 – The largest solar array in the state of Maine is now operational at the Madison Business Gateway.
Madison Electric Works (MEW), a municipality-owned utility in Madison, Maine, partnered with Ohio-based IGS Solar, a turn-key commercial and residential solar provider, to finance and own the solar array. MEW will purchase 100% of the power generated through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with IGS Solar, which will allow them to utilize on-site generated electricity while helping to better control energy costs for their customers.
The system utilizes 330W panels and its maximum size will be 5MW (AC). Advanced Solar Products and Cianbro designed and installed the array. The project was originally developed by Clear Energy, which was then secured by IGS Solar through a public bid process.
According to Calvin Ames, general manager of Madison Electric Works, the project has met all of their objectives. “It was a priority for us to enlist Maine-based companies where possible, which meant nearly all of the labor involved in the installation was performed by highly skilled individuals living right here in the Pine Tree State. Completion of this solar array allows MEW to continue to contain costs for our residential, commercial, and industrial customers, while also using renewable energy. It’s a win-win,” he said.
MEW will have the opportunity to purchase the system before the end of the 25-year PPA term, if desired.
According to Patrick Smith, vice president of IGS Solar, this is the first project the solar provider has completed in the state. “Opportunities for solar in Maine continue to grow. Working with Madison Electric Works and the local team to help control area customers’ energy costs using this renewable energy source has been a great success. We look forward to being a long-standing sustainability partner to MEW well into the future.”
About IGS Solar
IGS Solar, a turn-key commercial and residential solar provider with significant solar assets under development, provides businesses, homes, and communities with an opportunity to participate in creating a sustainable energy future with no upfront investment. As an affiliate of IGS Energy, IGS Solar is dedicated to delivering innovative solar energy solutions. For more information, contact Hugh Scott, Northeast region manager, at 603-828-9253 (hscott@IGSsolarpower.com) or visit IGSsolarpower.com. Connect with IGS Solar at linkedin.com/company/igs-solar.
About Madison Electric Works
Madison Electric Works (MEW) is a department of the Town of Madison, serving electric customers in Madison, Starks, Anson and Norridgewock, as well as Madison Business Gateway and Backyard Farms. MEW serves 2,500 residential, commercial, industrial customers, and maintains approximately 47 miles of power lines. MEW distributes about 30 MWH of energy annually with a max demand of about 6 MW.
About Advanced Solar Products
For 25 years, Advanced Solar Products (ASP) has led the way in solar energy design and construction using sustainable technologies. As one of the largest solar integrators on the East Coast, they have installed over 60 megawatts of ground and roof-mounted PV systems ranging in size from under 10 kilowatts to over 14 megawatts. ASP has been contracted for some of the highest profile solar projects in the region including the installation of “the largest privately-owned, net-metered solar system in the Western Hemisphere,” on the McGraw-Hill campus in East Windsor, NJ.
Founded in 1949 by the Cianchette Brothers, Cianbro is now one of the United States’ largest, most diverse, successful, open shop, 100% employee-owned (30th largest in the United States) construction and construction services companies. Presently operating in more than 40 states, 12 markets, and employing over 4,000 team members, Cianbro manages and self-performs civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, fabrication, and coating work.
About Clear Energy
Founded in 2012, Clear Energy is a Maine based development firm that focuses on renewable energy and utility infrastructure projects in the Northeastern United States.