The first community solar farm in Maine just came online in October 2020 but the concept is already growing fast in terms of interest, education and projected capacity. This rapid growth is fueled in part by recent legislation but also by the environmental ethic that many Mainers and local businesses have.
Maine passed legislation in 2019 to encourage the development of community solar and other small renewable energy facilities establishing goals of 80% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
A key portion of this legislation provided for Shared Net Energy Billing. This allows you to benefit from the renewable energy produced on a community solar farm. You keep your current electric utility and start seeing a credit on your monthly bill from your community solar project. The ease of enrollment and transparency makes it appealing to many consumers and businesses.