Maine’s Community Solar Program

Date: 22 Apr 2011 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Maine Legislature created rules for “net energy billing” in 2011. System size was limited to 660 kilowatts and a maximum of 10 participants were allowed per facility.

Under Maine’s net metering system, participants are required to have actual ownership of the generation facility. Flexible participation models are precluded, meaning no leasing or temporary subscriptions are allowed.

Maine expanded net energy billing in 2019 through L.D. 1711, raising the limit on community solar garden capacity to five megawatts and directing the PUC to establish a commercial solar tariff program to generate 350 megawatts of energy.

Watch the top state community solar programs progress in our Community Solar Tracker.

Check back soon for more detail about the Maine community solar program.

For more on solar in Maine, check out these ILSR resources:

Learn more about community solar in one of these ILSR reports:

Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity
Minnesota’s Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar
Beyond Sharing — How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power

For podcasts, videos, and more, see ILSR’s community renewable energy archive.

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