A community solar proposal has been submitted for a new project in Jay, ME. The developer plans to file an application with the state for a 15,000 ground-panel installation on a 34-acre plot of land at Chickadee Avenue. The new farm, owned by Nexamp, would have a 5-megawatt capacity and would spread across two parcels of land.
According to Nexamp’s plans for the community solar installation, the electricity generated would be enough to power 1,000 homes. The community solar proposal includes the ability to service residents of Jay and provide them with options to subscribe to the renewable energy outlet.
If approved, the installation will link up with Central Maine Power Co. lines that run parallel to Main Street/Route 4. The ground-mounted panels will not be an eyesore for the region as they will remain close to the ground.
Nexamp is gearing up to file applications for Site Location of Development Act and Natural Resource Protection Wetlands Alteration permits with Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The energy company projects to have those applications filed by Sept. 21, 2020.
The parcel of land being eyed by Nexamp is owned by two LLCs – CQA Development and PWH Properties. Both companies are based out of North Yarmouth. Included in the land is a 24-acre plot that was previously wooded. Approximately 1 acre of the land will consist of a 15’ gravel road and equipment pads made of concrete. Protecting the lot will be a 7’ high fixed-knot tensile wire fence covered in black fabric. Based on current plans, the site will be at least 30’ from a residential line and will connect with the right-of-way for the Whistle Stop Train.
Nexamp aims to provide residents with access to the solar generated by the site. Those that subscribe will be eligible to receive a credit on their monthly electricity bill. It’s estimated that the total savings will be 15% less than their current annual bill.
The public will be able to comment on the project, but a public hearing must be scheduled within 20 days after Nexamp files the completed application with the DEP.