Maine won’t wait: Verogy completes York Judicial Center rooftop solar system

Verogy Maine York Judicial Center Rooftop Solar

West Hartford, Connecticut-based developer Verogy has completed a 139.5 kW rooftop solar energy project at the York Judicial Center in Biddeford, Maine.

The state-of-the-art system, comprised of 256 solar modules will significantly reduce the building’s carbon footprint and provide a reliable source of clean energy for decades to come. The York Judicial Center’s installation is the first solar project completed for the State of Maine Judicial Branch.

“Verogy is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Maine Judicial Branch to deliver a solar energy project that will generate clean power while advancing the state’s sustainability goals,” said Verogy CEO Will Herchel. “Our project at the York Judicial Center is a great example of how Maine’s leaders are working to ensure their state is better prepared for the impacts of climate change.”

In 2019, Maine Gov. Janet Mills and the state legislature established the Maine Climate Council. Comprised of scientists, industry experts, bipartisan officials and citizens, the Council has developed a four-year action plan titled “Maine Won’t Wait.” The plan outlines measures to reduce Maine’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, targeting carbon neutrality by 2045.

Since its release in 2020, “Maine Won’t Wait” has articulated climate action strategies including steps to modernize buildings in the state. Heating, cooling and lighting of buildings in Maine are the source of nearly one-third of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. To help address this challenge, Maine has pledged to “Lead by Example” with publicly funded buildings such as the York Judicial Center. By adopting renewable energy for state buildings, Maine state government will reduce emissions while lowering operating costs for taxpayers. 

The York Judicial Center solar project will produce more than 162 MWh of clean energy annually. The project was awarded to Verogy in September 2021 after the company won a competitive RFP process held by the state. The project was completed under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between the Maine Judicial Branch and Verogy that makes it possible for the state to purchase electricity at a significantly discounted rate. The PPA locks in a discounted rate so that as electricity costs rise in the future, the Maine Judicial Branch will continue to pay a reduced amount for electricity.

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