Now 100% Solar
The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is the first nonprofit in Maine to go 100% solar. Our photovoltaic systems now generate enough solar energy to meet all of our electricity needs. We've met this goal 2 years ahead of schedule and celebrate the accomplishment on the spring equinox this Friday.
Why Go 100% Solar?
- Reducing carbon emissions is essential for battling climate change.
- Reducing energy costs will strengthen our science, education, and conservation programs.
- With dedicated partners, vision, and leadership Maine has the capacity to reach for energy independence and a sustainable future.
- Four solar arrays – 3 rooftop and 1 ground-mounted
- 248 individual panels
- 73,000 kWh produced annually *
- 90,000 pounds of CO2 offset annually
- Cost: $207,157
See our Solar Stats
* Maine Coastal Ecology Center 42,128 kWh, Alheim Commons dormitory 16,758 kWh, Alheim Commons ground 7,954 kWh, "post-doc" house 6,083 kWh.
Our investment in solar infrastructure is paid in full thanks to…
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- Mattina R. Proctor Foundation
- Davis Conservation Foundation
- Town of Wells
- Efficiency Maine
- and generous donors to the Wells Reserve at Laudholm
- "100% Solar" Fact Sheet
- "Congratulating the Wells Reserve and Laudholm Trust," Congressional Record, March 16, 2015
- Senator King's "Climate Change Card"
- Here Comes the Sun, March 27, 2013: Scott documents the beginning — 142 new panels on the Maine Coastal Ecology Center.
- Energy Initiative: The Sun is Shining Brightly, October 3, 2013: Paul explains our "conserve and convert" strategy and details progress to date.
- Full Power Ahead, July 18, 2014: Nik places our accomplishments and goals in a global context.
- A Golden Opportunity, October 2, 2014: Dan Marois tells our story in the pages of the Tourist News.
- Two nonprofits unveil solar-power systems, March 20, 2015: Kevin Miller writes in the Portland Press Herald
- Wells Reserve goes solar, March 22, 2015: Story by the staff of the York County Coast Star
- Wells Reserve is first Maine nonprofit to go 100 percent solar, March 24, 2015: Tracey Collins writes in the Journal Tribune and Making It At Home.
- The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is Now 100% Solar, April 15, 2015: Picked up by the Green Energy Times.
Join us March 20 to mark our milestone.
Check out this short video from our March 20 Solar Celebration: