Future of municipal and residential solar energy in Maine

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The Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG) is partnering with the Natural Resource Council of Maine, Nexamp Solar Solutions, and the Solar Energy Association of Maine to offer a free interactive session on the future of municipal and residential solar energy in Maine.

Lunch will be provided at no cost and the session is open to all.


Solar Energy: How Will it Impact Our Future?
Host KVCOG, with NRCM, Nexamp and SEAM experts


Free Interactive Session, Q&A, lunch provided


January 14, 2020. 11:30am


KVCOG, 17 Main Street, Fairfield, ME 04937


RSVP to reserve your spot by January 13 to Cary Tyson, Director of Community & Economic Development at ctyson@kcvog.org

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With the deadline for action with the MPUC fast approaching, questions about solar energy are rapidly emerging. At this session the public will have an opportunity to hear from experts in both the private and public sectors, as well as hear from a planner with practical experience.

“We’re enthusiastic about the chance to host this session in conjunction with our expert partners” said KVCOG Executive Director, Laura Cyr, in a news release. “Solar energy is an important topic for Maine right now, and we are glad of the chance to hold this informative session in our region of the state.”

This session is the fourth of its kind to be held around the state since October, with a further session to take place in southern Maine in late January. 

About the Speakers:

Ben Axelman, Nexamp: Ben is a Solar Development Manager with Nexamp, a full-service solar energy company based in Boston, MA. In that role, he is responsible for bringing rooftop and ground-mounted solar projects through all stages of the development cycle, including site origination, permitting, interconnection, financing, and construction. Ben has been at Nexamp for 6 years, and in that time has overseen the development of roughly 30 megawatts of solar capacity over 15 sites. Prior to joining Nexamp, Ben spent five years developing wind and solar projects at Citizens Energy Corporation, a non-profit energy company. Ben grew up in Norridgewock, ME and holds a B.A. from Tufts University.

Sadie Lloyd Mudge, Board Member, Solar Energy Association of Maine: Sadie is a leading municipal energy planner in Maine based in the Midcoast. Her work has focused largely on solar development over the last five years, including the installation of the first solar array on a landfill in Maine. Sadie regularly advises municipalities in their pursuit of solar and serves on the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Association of Maine. 

Sophie Janeway, National Resources Council of Maine: Sophie is the Climate and Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator at Natural Resources Council of Maine where she engages and educates Maine people interested in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation options, and climate solutions. She has been working with many people over several years to pass state level renewable energy legislation which benefits municipalities and residents alike. In 2019, the legislature passed several renewable energy policies that she’s here to tell you more about today.


About the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG)

KVCOG is a private, non-profit organization established in 1967 as membership organization and is owned and operated for the benefit of its members. The Council is enabled by state statue.


KVCOG provides a coordinated approach for planning and economic development at the local and regional level and has been a leader in economic development, environmental, land use and transportation planning with a wide array of professional talent among staff for the past 50 years.


With its office located in Fairfield, Maine, KVCOG serves 62 municipalities, several unorganized territories, 5,251 square miles, and a population of ~182,000 throughout the Kennebec Valley region of Maine within Kennebec, Somerset and western Waldo Counties. Our region is connected by the Kennebec River and includes the state capital of Augusta as well as the cities of Waterville, Gardiner, and Hallowell, as well as many rural towns. (Municipal population ranges from 42 to 18,972).


Learn more on our website www.kvcog.org, or follow us on Facebook (@KennebecValleyCOG) and Instagram (@kennebecvalleycouncilofgov).


Event Date: 

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 11:30am


17 main street
fairfield  Maine
United States