The Future of Solar in Maine

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Join the forum to learn more about what’s next for the future of solar in Maine. This gathering in Freeport is the first in a series of forums around the state that will help answer questions and explore what comes next for solar in Maine. The series, entitled The Future of Solar in Maine, will bring leading voices on the issue to communities across the state. 

The Future of Solar in Maine

Thursday, June 2 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and there will be information available
Freeport High School (30 Holbrook Street)

Panelists will include:
• Tim Schneider, the Public Advocate for the State of Maine
• Vaughan Woodruff, owner of Insource Renewables and recent chair of the Committee on Renewable Energy, Maine’s solar industry trade network
• Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine

Rep. Sara Gideon of Freeport, a key leader on solar legislation, will introduce the event.
A panel discussion and Q&A will be facilitated by Alan Caron of Envision Maine

This event is free and open to the public. For planning purposes, please RSVP.

The Legislature’s failure to pass a comprehensive solar bill means Maine does not have a plan to get out of last place regionally on solar. However, the status quo means solar remains a good option for many Mainers. 

You’ll also hear more about what’s next at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), which is set to review and consider changes to net-metering. Net-metering is the simple, effective mechanism existing in Maine—and most other states—to give solar customers credit on their electricity bills for the solar power they provide to the grid when they aren’t using it. NRCM led the solar campaign at the Legislature and is committed to defending net-metering at the PUC. Come learn more about how you can help.


Green & Healthy Homes Magazine

Have you had a chance to check Green & Healthy Homes Maine magazine?

They have an online version that you can virtually flip through, and this latest edition has some great articles about:

- home energy efficiency > where and how heat escapes from your home  (pages 17-25)

- ice dams (page 22)

- financing efficiency home improvements (pages 24)

- heat pumps > what they are and how they work (pages 28-35)

- electric vehicles (pages 36-49)

- comparing heat costs (pages 42-56)

Check it out and let us know if you learned something new!

2016 Home & Business Energy Fairs

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The Greater Portland Sustainability Council's mission is to help our region become a world-class model of environmental sustainability.  

Come join the Greater Portland Sustainability Council at the free 2016 Home & Business Energy Fairs! 

Learn about clean energy options for your home or business! Solar energy, pellet boilers, heat pumps, energy efficiency, biofuels, financing, and much more! Over 20 companies and exhibitors at each fair! 

Free admission, door prizes (discounts on energy products and services)!   


February 6: South Portland Community Center, 10 am - 3 pm

South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland

February 27: Gorham - Great Falls Elementary School, 10 am - 3 pm

Great Falls Elementary School, 73 Justice Way, Gorham

March 12: Saco - Thornton Academy, 10 am - 3 pm 

Thornton Academy, 438 Main Street, Saco

March 26: Brunswick - Harriet Beecher Stowe School, 10 am - 3 pm

Harriet Beecher Stowe School, 44 McKeen Street, Brunswick

April 9: Portland - Ocean Avenue Elementary School, 10 am - 3 pm

Ocean Avenue Elementary School, 150 Ocean Avenue, Portland


This year's exhibitors:

  • Assured Solar Energy
  • BrightBuilt Home
  • Dave's World Inc
  • ecomaine
  • Efficiency Maine
  • EnergyWise
  • Evergreen Home Performance
  • Garbage to Garden
  • Goggin Energy
  • Hot-Tubes
  • I&S Insulation
  • Maine Solar Solutions, llc
  • Maine Standard Biofuels
  • Pine State Services
  • ReVision Energy
  • ReVision Heat
  • Rook Energy Solutions, LLC
  • Solaris
  • Sunrise Guide
  • The Heat Doctor
  • We Compost It!
  • WindowDressers


Portland Home Energy Fair - Saturday, May 2, 2015

Are you going to the Portland Home Energy Fair this Saturday? 

Those who are curious about how to make their current or future homes more energy-efficient will benefit from learning more about solar power, heat pumps, pellet boilers, and even green power options for your utilities and more.

This free event will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Ocean Avenue Elementary School (150 Ocean Ave, Portland, ME), and there will be children’s activities, workshops, and door prizes!

To learn more and explore the list of vendors, visit the Portland GreenFest website

And also mark your calendars for the upcoming Second Annual Portland GreenFest on Saturday, September 12, 2015!


Kelsey Brook Featured in Green & Healthy Maine Magazine

Fresh off the press, the Green & Healthy Maine magazine is now available at select locations and online, and Kelsey Brook is in it! If you're interested in investing in a home that is designed to be highly efficient and utilizes renewable energy technology, then living amongst other like-minded neighbors in Kelsey Brook may be for you! The three currently built homes include a LEED Silver designated home, an ENERGY STAR home, and a Net Zero energy home. Construction will begin on two more homes this year, and there are ten lots still available. If you'd like to learn more about the build possibilities at Kelsey Brook, please contact us!