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Poland Springs bottling plant to be partially powered by a 10-MW solar facility

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Nestlé Waters North America announced last month that it intends to construct a 10-megawatt AC (12.97-megawatt DC) solar project at its Poland Spring bottling plant in Hollis, Maine. This proposed solar energy installation would supply enough clean electricity to meet approximately 20-25% of the current energy needs of the facility.

Once complete, the project would occupy 47 acres of land, making it one of the largest contiguous solar arrays in Maine, according to the company. The annual greenhouse gas emission reductions from this project would be equivalent to producing enough renewable electricity to power 1,998 homes annually, which is greater than the number of homes in the Town of Hollis.

“At Poland Spring, we have a well-established track record of managing Maine’s water resources responsibly and sustainably for the long term.” said Cameron Lorrain, Nestlé Waters North America Northeast Regional Technical & Production Director. “With this project, we are planning to go further and are proud to align with the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals championed by Governor Janet Mills and recently codified in Maine law.”

Commercial solar installer, EnterSolar, is the project developer. The civil engineers are Sevee & Maher Engineers.

Depending on timing for permits from both the Town of Hollis and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the proposed groundbreaking could begin as soon as April 2021, with project completion estimated for Spring 2022.