New England’s Largest Solar Project Catches Some Sunbeams – Boston News, Weather, Sports

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A 200-acre solar farm in Maine is now online and connected to the regional grid.

The $110 million, 76.5 megawatt solar farm in Farmington is touted as the largest in New England. NextEra is the developer of the solar project that will power nearly 17,000 homes in New England annually.

“Seeing solar farms like this become operational will allow us to continue our steady progress in cleaning up our energy supplies, bringing new investments to the state, and creating jobs,” said Jeremy Payne, executive director of the Maine Renewable Energy Association.

Bowdoin College joined four Massachusetts schools to help fund the massive amount of solar panels.

By helping get a clean energy project off the ground, Bowdoin will be allowed to claim those credits to offset its own recorded carbon footprint, said Matt Orlando, Bowdoin’s senior vice president of finance. The others are Amherst, Hampshire, Smith and Williams colleges.

Orlando told News Center Maine that it’s not just colleges that should be excited about the project. He said it would help the whole region.

“Atmospheric carbon dioxide is oblivious to state boundaries,” Orlando said.

NextEra spent about $20 million to oppose the New England Clean Energy Connect, which would provide enough renewable energy to power 1 million homes in New England.

Maine residents reprimanded the project in a referendum, and there are pending lawsuits over the $1 billion project.

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