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Now 100% Solar

March 16, 2015 By Scott Richardson Filed under Article Tags: energy conservationsolar power

Going 100 percent solar at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm

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.

System Facts

  • 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

View energy produced, CO2 avoided, dollars reimbursed, and daily and monthly yields.

Graph showing 2 days of solar power generation

* 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

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Photo Gallery

Visit Flickr for our solar photo album.

And…

Join us March 20 to mark our milestone.

Check out this short video from our March 20 Solar Celebration:

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