Mt. Abram Ski Area, located in Greenwood, ME, is beginning work on an 803-panel photovoltaic solar project to offset much of the resort’s annual electricity consumption. The project, which has been in the works for four years, is expected to produce over 280,000 kilowatt hours annually and will offset approximately 70 percent of the ski area’s annual electricity consumption.

Part of the project will be paid with up to $235,000 from a 25 percent matching grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program. The total cost of the project will be no more than $940,000.

Mt. Abram co-owner Matt Hancock said the solar project “continues the advancement of our clean energy game plan — utilizing abundant, local and readily available resources wherever and whenever possible. We are making every effort to accommodate colder, snowier winters.”

An official commissioning ceremony for the new solar project, followed by a tour of Mt. Abram’s other environmental initiatives will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. The tour will be open to the public.

Mt. Abram has five lifts and has a vertical drop of 1,150 foot. Their 44 trails range from beginner slopes to expert. The resort claims to offer “Maine’s Authentic Skiing and Riding Experience.”

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