Integrity Core Values Commitment

New Hampshire Solar Garden (NHSG) is excited to be working with the Town of Eliot as one of our host communities for this beneficial Community Solar Garden that will support the State of Maine's Renewable Energy goal of 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2050!

This community outreach landing page is dedicated to ensure there is NO misinformation and/or details about Community Solar Gardens that is inconsistent with the industry.

Feel free to reach out to us by email with questions, developer@nhsolargarden.com

How our Country, State & Town is rallying around Solar

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What is the Conservation Plan for the property?

  • Only ~15% of the land will be used for solar

  • Over 50 acres could be placed into conservation

  • The area in & around the panels will be planted with pollinator friendly grasses & plants to enhance the habitat

  • Fences will be raised up for small animals to co-mingle in and around the Community Solar Garden

  • Pre-approved as being in the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge "acquisition boundary". (Click here for more information)

What are the benefits to the Eliot Community?

  • The Town, School, businesses & homeowners can sign up to save 10% off their electric bills

  • Improved electrical infrastructure between the site and back to the Eliot substation for improved resilience

  • Increased tax revenue

  • Educational opportunities for the schools to incorporate a Community Solar Garden right in their town, into the curriculum

  • Reduce Eliot's dependency on fossil fuels and help fight Climate Change!!!

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Town of Milton lowered its $30,000 electric bill by $20,000

Climate Stats

  • 7,747,608 miles NOT driven by passenger cars

  • 356,885 gallons of gasoline NOT consumed

  • 1049 tons of garbage NOT put into landfills

  • equal to 3,777 acres of mature trees sequestering carbon 

What do NHSG Community Solar Gardens look like?

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What will the telephone poles look like? 

Resources & additional industry information

  • Why can Eliot only support between 2-3 more Community Solar projects?

  • How does this project compare to the Maine Audubon's Sample Ordinance & solar sample siting guidance?

  • What happens to the solar panels once the project is at the end of its life?

  • Learn more by reviewing NHSG planning & zoning general FAQs

  • Does the State of Maine have a Solar Decommissioning plan?

  • Seacoast Online article about "Climate Inactivists"

Abutter Communications & Timelines

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June 3, 2021. Site walk with 2 NHSG representatives & NHSG shared a draft site plan with Mr. Meyer. He shared background information about the property history including the fact that his wife was left out of her father's will  and she  wanted to buy the land and could not  anymore

Aug 20, 2021. Mrs. Meyer called NHSG to discuss ways to find common ground on the construction access concerns & vernal pool on her land

Sept 20, 2021. Noticed site walk with Planning & Conservation Commission members & the Meyers 

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