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16 Sep Solar Arrays Will Power a Hancock County High School and Fishermen’s Co-op

By Bill Trotter

Published 9/16/19 in the Bangor Daily News

solar MDI High SchoolA Searsport-based energy firm recently completed installation of two large solar arrays that are expected to fully offset the electrical consumption needs of Mount Desert Island High School and the Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co-op.

This summer, Sundog Solar has installed 1,450 panels on the roof of MDI High School in Bar Harbor that, according to school officials, uses roughly half a million-kilowatt hours per year. The panels are expected to have a total output capacity of 435 kilowatts, which is enough to power roughly 3,000 household refrigerators at the same time.

At the fishing co-op, located on Little Cranberry Island off MDI, the same company also has installed approximately 150 panels on the roofs of buildings on the pier. The 45-kilowatt array is expected to generate 51,000 kilowatt hours annually. In 2017, the average residential power usage in Maine was 550 kilowatt hours per month, or 6,500 kilowatt hours per year, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.

The completion of the projects are expected to be celebrated on Wednesday at separate gatherings, first at the high school at 12:30 p.m. and then at the fishermen’s co-op at 4:30 p.m. State and federal officials are expected to be in attendance.