How do the different approaches work? Which is better?

Mitchell Center hosts talk on Maine’s community solar options

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The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk about options for adopting community solar projects in Maine, on Monday, March 15, from 3 - 4 p.m.

“Community solar” is a catchy phrase with increasing public exposure that can take different forms, according to Mitchell Center, in a news release. How do the different approaches work? Which is better? For whom? Under what criteria? 

In her talk, “Is Community Solar Good for Communities?” Sharon Klein will answer some of these questions based on five years of community solar-related research, her experience as a member of the National Community Solar Partnership, and her sustainable energy work with communities and organizations. 

Klein is an associate professor in the School of Economics at UMaine. Her research and teaching focus on the technical, economic, environmental and social tradeoffs inherent in sustainable energy decision-making. 

The talk is free and available via Zoom; registration is required. To register and receive connection information, please visit the event webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth, 207.581.3196;

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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Mon, 03/15/2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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