USDA Invests $1.5M in Solar Array at Brunswick Landing

USDA Invests $1.5M in Solar Array at Brunswick Landing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $1.5 million in a newly completed solar array at Brunswick Landing, representing a key milestone in a plan to make the reuse project at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, 100 percent sustainable. “This is a pretty exciting project,” Tom Brubaker, public works and utility manager for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), said during a press event last week. USDA Rural Development is lending the funds to Diversified Communications, which owns the 1.5-megawatt, $3 million array. Diversified will sell the energy to MRRA for up to 25 years, or until the authority exercises an option to purchase the solar plant, reports Mainebiz. … Separately, Mainebiz profiles Steve Levesque, MRRA’s executive director, and how the LRA has successfully replaced the economic impact of the former base, which now is home to 1,620 employees from 108 different businesses. “There was a very good reuse plan,” Levesque said of the blueprint that focuses on innovation. “It made a lot of sense and created something that’s not your average industrial park.”

Mainebiz photo by Tim Greenway

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