By the luck of good timing, we were just barely able to join community solar farm in the end of 2021. The farm, built and operated by ReVision Energy, is on Mount Desert Island, near Long Pond. We’ve been offsetting our monthly electricity usage since February, and here’s what it’s looked like. It’s a beautiful sight to see.
Our net usage, in blue, is not total usage, but the amount we are billed for. As you can see we have hit the minimum 100 kWh charge every month since April. This costs us about $6 to $7 a month. Not a bad fee. On those months, we produce more than we consume. This is amazing, and was our goal! So Yay!
What you don’t see is the amount of energy we are actually using, the excess production. That excess production is carried over for one year. So, for example, excess production from the summer can count against our winter “Usage.” We do not have that data pulled together just yet, but, based on 2021’s total consumption, here’s what we expect to have already saved, above. Many imperfections here, but this is a nice first glimpse.
Good luck or maybe the product of serendipitous foresight. Way to go, y’all. Merry Christmas to all Mainers.