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New community solar farm transforms abandoned gravel pit [WABI TV5]

College of the Atlantic is among a group of towns, school districts, and other organizations purchasing long-term renewable energy from the 14,000+ panel facility, which will help the school meet its goals of being fossil fuel free by 2030.

College of the Atlantic President Dr. Darron Collins ’92 gives a speech about the college's c...College of the Atlantic President Dr. Darron Collins ’92 gives a speech about the college's commitment to eliminating the use of fossil fuels on campus by 2030 and the overall importance of regional, renewable energy during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Wishcamper Hampden community solar farm.

An abandoned gravel pit in Hampden is the new home of a community solar farm.

In collaboration with Wishcamper Companies Inc., ReVision Energy’s Wishcamper Hampden solar array celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning.

The project took three years to complete and cost about $15 million between acquiring the land, development, and contracting.

Over 14,000 solar panels make up the 25-acre farm, boasting over 8,600 megawatt hours of energy annually.

College of the Atlantic is one offtaker who will receive its energy, whose involvement was pushed by a student-led movement for clean energy on campus. More specifically, a campus-wide initiative to get off fossil fuels by 2030.

“As the youth, it’s really in our hands to make progress in this country and to put pressure on our leaders that we need a climate resilient future. We need this as the youth and the people who will be inhabiting this planet,” says first-year College of the Atlantic student Tyler Hebert.

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