Borrego Solar has expanded with eight new projects in municipalities across Maine.
The planned projects will consist of a total of 55 megawatts (MW) of solar installations located in Manchester, Orland, Randolph, Strong, Turner, Windham, Blue Hill and Millinocket.
The Borrego portfolio represents the largest award from Portland-based Competitive Energy Services’ (CES) Distributed Generation Consortium initiative. CES issued a request for proposal (RFP) in September 2019, where it organized 25 energy users across Maine, including LL Bean, City of Portland, University of Maine, Colby College, Nestle Waters North America and Pratt & Whitney to purchase clean power from these projects.
The eight consortium projects come on the heels of Borrego’s recent contract award for four projects dedicated to MaineHealth’s hospital system, which is the largest health care organization in Maine.
The MaineHealth projects will add 27 MW-DC of solar production to the company’s energy mix and provide enough electricity to meet half of the hospital system’s annual energy usage. The solar systems will save MaineHealth an estimated $1 million each year on its energy bills.
The combined MaineHealth and Consortium portfolio of 12 solar power plants will have an installed capacity exceeding 82 MW-DC. These facilities will generate enough electricity to offset the annual energy consumption of more than 16,000 Maine households. The projects will begin construction this year, creating 60 jobs across the state, with the full portfolio scheduled for completion and interconnection in 2021.
“Gov. Mills and the state legislature should be applauded for taking these steps toward a more sustainable vision for Maine. Such positive regulatory changes will attract further investment in the state. This will create jobs during a difficult time and advance Maine’s worthy climate goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Borrego is excited to play a continued role in Maine’s energy future.”Jared Connell, Borrego’s VP of development for the northeast.
“Promoting clean energy while meeting our not-for-profit health system’s need for power is consistent with our vision of working together so our communities are the healthiest in America. By working with Borrego to support clean energy in Maine, we are not only enhancing our financial health on behalf of our patients and communities, but also creating a healthier environment.”Troy Trejo, VP of system development for MaineHealth.