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    Workers and master electricians install solar electric panels in part of the parking lot at the Mt. Abram ski area in Greenwood.

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    Mt. Abram's 803 solar-electric panels will cover about an acre of the ski area's parking lot.

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    Mt. Abram's new panels are expected to generate enough electricity yearly to power 46,000 average Maine homes and offset 70 percent of the ski area’s electricity use.

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    Mt. Abram's $940,000 solar power project was funded in part with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program.

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    The Mt. Abram Ski Area has installed high-efficiency snow guns in its effort to be a “sustainable mountain playground.”

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    Everett Rideout, master electrician, right, installs a solar electric panel into the array of more than 800 panels at the Mt. Abram ski area.

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    Naoto Inoue, left, president of Talmage Solar Engineering Inc., explains how the panels will be connected to each other and the inverters to Matt Hancock, co-owner of Mt. Abram.

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    Autumn colors surround the hundreds of solar-electric panels installed at Mt. Abram in Greenwood. Electricity, diesel fuel and propane account for as much as a quarter of the ski area’s million-dollar budget.

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