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Midcoast Solar Energy Forum

The Waldoboro Renewable Energy Subcommittee will be hosting an informational meeting on the potential for solar energy to become a large scale, renewable energy resource for the State of Maine. Among the topics to be discussed will be the future of distributed power generation in Maine; the future of market-based net metering; the development and evolution of a smart grid in Maine and nationally; medium and large scale community- and investor-owned grid scale solar power generation; and micro-grids and the use of storage for increasing the reliability and resiliency of the Maine electrical grid.

The Forum will be held in the Medomak Valley High School Auditorium at 320 Manktown Rd, in Waldoboro, on Tuesday, April 16, from 6-8 p.m. The Forum will consist of four brief presentations, followed by a public question and answer period.

Dan Burgess, the newly appointed Director of the Governor's Energy Office, will share some thoughts on the energy issues facing Maine. Representative Seth Berry, Co-Chairman of the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology, will discuss potential legislative solutions for the high cost and lack of reliability of Maine's electrical power distribution systems. And Steve Weems, the Executive Director of the Solar Energy Association of Maine, and Jay Kilbourn, Trustee and former President of Kennebunk Light & Power District (KL&PD), will discuss the future of solar energy in Maine, with special emphasis on the potential growth of community-based solar investment, commercial and institutional projects, and shared resources (group) projects.

Long time solar advocate Senator Dana Dow will make opening remarks; Senator Dave Miramant and Representatives Jeff Evangelos, and Chloe Maxmin will be in attendance.

The public is cordially invited to learn about the advances being made in solar technology, the long-term costs and benefits of solar power to both private and public sectors, and the critical need to develop a coherent solar policy for the State of Maine. For more information, contact Waldoboro Director of Planning and Development Max Johnstone at [email protected] or 832-5369.

Time: 6:00 pm