Smart Energy News from MaineBiz

June 27th, 2018

Isle au Haut to build solar-powered smart energy microgrid

The solar-powered microgrid project on a beautiful Maine Island is full-steam ahead. Read Renee Cordes’ article on Isle au Haut’s Microgrid project and the power of renewable energy. The following is an excerpt from her article. 

Solar-Powered microgrid project


Isle au Haut is moving ahead with an ambitious plan to get its electricity from a solar-powered microgrid.

Home to parts of Acadia National Park, the midcoast island is accessible via mailboat from Stonington, about seven miles away. It gets its electricity from Stonington via a 35-year-old underwater cable that’s showing signs of wear and tear. Rather than replace the cable for an estimated $1.7 million, the Isle au Haut Electric Power Co. is planning a switch to solar for its 140 customers. It had also looked at diesel and wind, but found that solar was the most economical.

Read the article here