Solar Energy for
Maine Businesses

By joining a community solar garden, you can make your business greener today. You'll save 10% on electricity and help fight climate change - for free.

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What is a Community Solar Garden

Community solar allows small businesses in Maine to sign up for “subscriptions” to a large solar array, located off-site and receive credit on their electric bills for the energy it produces. This is a great solution for anyone wanting to support solar but unable to do so on their own. Save money on your energy with fixed savings, no upfront cost, no onsite construction and flexible terms.


Available to all businesses in Aroostook County including the following cities/towns, but not limited to: Caribou, Presque Isle, Madawaska, Fort Kent, Eagle Lake, Mars Hill, Ashland

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Apply today to have your business join a community solar garden!

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Enjoy the benefits of solar, at no cost.

If you’re looking for an easy, affordable way to save money on electricity, enrolling in a community solar garden the best decision. You’ll save a guaranteed 10% on your energy bill, while also helping the environment.

Guaranteed 10% savings

No hidden fees or risks to join

Simple 15-min sign up process


If you are a Versant Energy customer in Maine you qualify for savings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a community solar garden?

A Community Solar Garden (CSG) is a large solar electric array which generates bill credits for participating subscribers. It is located off site from the customer’s location, so the electricity goes into Xcel’s grid, and Xcel compensates the customer with a bill credit. When you subscribe to a CSG, you will immediately cut your electricity costs by 10%.

Why should I join a community solar garden?

You should join a community solar garden if you want to save money, are looking to make a positive environmental impact, and help transition to a sustainable energy future without worry or hassle! Also, you are supporting local jobs and landowners in your area that are hosting these gardens.

How much does it cost to sign up?

It costs nothing to join or no annual fees. You’ll save money on your electricity bill!

What happens if there is snow on solar panels?

Solar panels convert sunshine into power, so if your panels are covered in snow they can’t produce electricity. Snow generally isn’t heavy enough to cause structural issues with your panels, and since most panels are tilted at an angle the snow will slide off. If snow does accumulate, your panels are easy to clean.

What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?

Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental and health benefits. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change, and also results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.

What solar energy rebates and incentives are available?

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. The most significant is the 30 percent federal investment tax credit (ITC), which allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Some states offer additional tax credits, and certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates or other incentives. Business and farm owners can depreciate the solar system to an amount nearly equal to the ITC value.

How much will solar-panel maintenance cost?

Nothing. NES will take care of all operation and maintenance required by your system. (The systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power.)

Do solar panels work in a blackout?

If your solar panel system is connected to the grid, it will shut off in the event of a blackout. This is to prevent emergency responders and electricity utility repair-people from being injured by your panels sending power back to the grid.

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