I was concerned when I learned about a bill before Maine legislators that threatens new residential solar installations, but am very encouraged to hear that Scarborough’s Sen. Amy Volk and Rep. Karen Vachon support solar projects in Maine. New rules, which 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 Volk and Vachon to demonstrate their continued support for Maine’s solar industry by voting in favor of LD 1444.

Mark Follansbee

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