Landfill solar panels to cover 95 percent of Maine town’s electricity needs

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ELIOT, Maine — Dark skies and cold rain Monday morning did not hinder the progress of work on Eliot’s newest solar array.

Trucks poured concrete into ballasts that will support 384 345-watt photovoltaic solar panels in three ranks at the town’s former landfill next to the Department of Public Works garage on Route 236.

Ed Henningsen, chairman of the town’s Capital Improvement and Energy Commission, Town Manager Dana K. Lee, DPW Director Joel Moulton and Ashton Ireland of ReVision Energy watched as trucks dumped the concrete into a pump truck and it was pumped into the ballasts, aluminum-framed boxes set on the surface. Ireland said the crew will complete the supports and begin installing the panels Thursday. Henningsen said the goal is to have the system ready by year’s end.

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This is the town’s second solar power array. A system on the DPW garage roof, also built by ReVision Energy, was commissioned in 2013. It has 165 250-watt solar panels and supplies power for the DPW and transfer station. The town will buy the DPW solar array next year for $42,000. Over 25 years, the town will save almost $90,000 over