AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine could increase the use of solar power for electricity, heating and cooling homes under measures before the state Legislature this year. Among the proposals under consideration, allowing more cooperation between individuals to generate solar energy, and providing rebates to lower costs and improve affordability.
Advocates for solar energy in Maine say that the costs of photo-voltaic panels are going down, and efficiency of the systems is improving. And while at times it seems as though the sun disappears for long periods of time in this part of the U.S., Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council of Maine says solar power can pay off.
“A solar panel that is installed in Portland Maine is going to generate as much power on an annual basis as that identical panel installed in Houston Texas,” he says.