PORTLAND — An environmental group says off-the-shelf solar hot water technology could save more than 7 million gallons of oil in Maine at a time when oil prices are rising.

Environment Maine released a report today that said installing solar would also have the effect of eliminating the pollution produced by 27,700 cars and trucks. The report was released outside the Portland home of Sen. Justin Alfond, who has a rooftop solar hot water system.

Phil Coupe, owner of ReVision Energy, which installs solar systems, says Maine gets 33 percent more sun than Germany, the world’s leader for solar installations.

Nathaniel Meyer from Environment Maine says the state needs to become more energy efficient and to begin moving to renewable energy sources like solar power.

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