Monday, November 3, 2014

Mt Abram SolGen Commissioning Celebration

GREENWOOD, ME- November 3, 2014Mt. Abram is thrilled to announce the commissioning of a 244.915 Kw, 803 panel, photovoltaic solar project.  The recently completed project is expected to produce in excess of 280,000 kWh annually, while additionally offsetting approximately 70% of the ski area’s annual electricity consumption.

This exciting and energy efficient project, five years in the planning, was in part made possible by a USDA Rural Development matching grant of up to $235,000 through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

“Commitments to on site, renewable initiatives insulate the ski area from escalating energy costs. Over two thirds of our electricity requirements become indefinitely fixed,” said Mt Abram co-owner Matt Hancock.

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said “This is a step forward for Mt Abram and for eco-tourism in Maine. I am so pleased that USDA Rural Development can help make these substantial energy savings possible through our $235,000 grant for Mt Abram and the many people who enjoy it for recreation while appreciating Maine’s beautiful outdoors.”

Mt. Abram invites you to join in the celebrating the completion of our solar array project on December 4, 2014, beginning at 11 am.  The commissioning ceremony will be held in the base area parking lot overlooking the new solar array.  Following the ceremony, all will be invited into the Main Lodge for lunch, refreshments, and a view of our SolGen monitor display.

About Mt Abram:
In operation since 1960, Mt Abram has long been a favorite learn to ski mountain as well as being one of Maine’s favorite mountains for racing and exploring off-piste terrain. Located 70 miles from Portland, the ski area offers 49 trails and five lifts, a vertical drop of 1,150 feet, and Maine’s longest tubing park. Many cherish the friendly ambiance created from the multigenerational families that call the mountain home for the winter season. Winner of the 2012 Golden Eagle Award for Environmental Excellence, ski operations are managed by the Mountain Rider’s Alliance.
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