ISLESFORD- More than 90 people filled boats on Wednesday to go to Islesford to celebrate the installation of new solar panels at the Cranberry Isles Fishermen’s Co-op.
“We started looking at it back in 2017. We contacted the College of the Atlantic and they were doing feasibility studies and they did a feasibility study and it was definitely feasible,” said Marc Nighman, the general manager of the Cranberry Isle Fisherman’s Co-op.
The new panels on top of the fishermen co-op’s buildings provide 100-percent of the power.
Between grants from the Island Institute and the USDA, Nighman says 60% of the cost was covered.
“It’s satisfying to see people come together, work together, towards a goal and having that goal realized,” said Tim Hobbs, Maine’s USDA director. “It’s all very satisfying.”
Nighman said the loan payments won’t be more than the co-op’s current electricity bill.
“Basically it will be paid off in seven years, and after that there will be 18 to 20 years of free electricity and it will save the co-op about $300,000 in that time,” Nighman added.
The co-op is not only saving money, they’re saving the planet.
A cause the whole community rallied behind.