I was concerned when I learned about a bill before Maine legislators that threatens new residential solar installation, but I am very encouraged to hear that Scarborough’s Sen. Amy Volk and Rep. Karen Vachon support solar projects in Maine.

New rules that will be implemented in just a few months impose an additional fee for using energy that homeowners generate themselves. This undermines the economic incentives for residential-scale solar installations, and, in turn, threatens an existing labor force in an important growth industry for Maine.

My family has invested in a community solar project, and I encourage Sen. Volk and Rep. Vachon to demonstrate their continued support for Maine’s solar industry by voting in favor of L.D. 1444, An Act Regarding Large-Scale Community Solar Procurement.

Mark Follansbee


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