ELLSWORTH — Solar panels and several other economic projects are headed to Ellsworth.
Leadership in Ellsworth said they are ready to return to a sense of normalcy.
Glenn Moshier, the Ellsworth city manager, said the pandemic has made their community stronger.
“I think everything in Ellsworth is exciting, we are open for business,” said Moshier.
Moshier said it wasn’t easy, but they are cautiously optimistic for the future.
He said being close to so many places makes them a prime destination for tourists.
“Whether it be the Downeast coastline and areas further east, like Lubec, and communities like that,” Moshier said. “And the ability to go to Bar Harbor and experience the amazing Acadia National Park.”
The Ellsworth city planner Elena Piekut said earlier this year they made some changes to land use ordinances.
She said this will help to allow them to install solar panels.
“Some solar that is dedicated for supplying the city with electricity through a credit system,” said Piekut.
She said this can reduce the demand for other types of power generation.
“Really the highest energy use throughout the year is the summer when everybody is running their AC’s which lines up perfectly with the use of solar,” said Piekut.
Their economic director Janna Richards said this isn’t only a win for Ellsworth, but for Maine as a whole.
“We are a service center,” said Richards. “But anything we can do to diversify our economy is good.”
Richards said another project, the Business Incubator program, has been helping a start-up company since 2016 and is finally coming to fruition and will see results in the coming months.