Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Congratulations to the Scarborough Public Library on their two new ReVision Energy solar installations: an electric vehicle (EV) charging station and a rooftop solar panel array. An official ribbon cutting of the EV charging station took place on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
The station is powered by a small 4-panel solar array, enough to power 5,000 miles of driving. Driving on solar power is equivalent to paying $0.71/gallon for gas, but using completely clean, renewable energy that doesn’t burn any fossil fuels. The station was funded through donations from an anonymous citizen supporter, Central Maine Power, the Friends of the Scarborough Library, Maine Chevy Dealers & Pape Chevrolet, Noyes, Hall & Allen Insurance, ReVision Energy, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, and the Town of Scarborough. Funding for future educational programming was provided by 350 Maine.
In addition to the station, Portland-based ReVision Energy also installed 86 solar panels on the Library’s rooftop. The 26.23-kilowatt array is expected to produce about 30,000 kilowatt-hours annually. That’s enough to offset almost 50,000 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of driving from Scarborough to San Francisco 17 times – or planting 579 trees. The array was funded by the Town of Scarborough through a power purchase agreement with ReVision Energy. (Source: Scarborough Public Library)