Borrego, Nexamp begin construction on 7.5-MW project in Maine
Construction has begun on a 7.58 MWDC solar power project in Winthrop, Maine, which will provide electricity to the Central Maine Power (CMP) grid and provide energy savings to MaineHealth. Borrego is developing the project and it will be built and owned by Nexamp. MaineHealth will achieve these savings through: Nexamp .’s proven solar program†
The solar project will be built on land previously planned for residential development. Thomas Saliba, former MaineHealth, Maine Medical Center administrator and longtime member of the MaineHealth investment committee, commits to using his family’s property for the project. The Saliba Family Foundation donates proceeds from leasing the land to support MaineHealth, the state’s leading non-profit integrated health system. The Saliba Family Foundation’s 20-year donation commitment to MaineHealth spans the expected life of the solar facility. Saliba worked with Borrego and MaineHealth to find the best way to help the healthcare organization meet its environmental sustainability goals.
“I was looking for ways to both conserve the land and do good, and with this project we are creating something for health care, something for the environment and something for preserving this land in the long run,” says Saliba, a former energy economist and director of the oil industry became a renewable energy champion. “I did quite a bit of research on solar developers and chose Borrego, and I couldn’t have had a better experience working with them throughout the approval process.”
“Borrego is proud to develop projects like this one in Winthrop that will provide clean, homegrown energy to Maine residents and employers like MaineHealth,” said Jared Connell, VP Development, New England, Borrego. “Global disruptions in the energy markets have only reinforced the importance of local solar generation, and working with a landowner like Tom Saliba, who is passionate about renewable energy and land conservation, makes the success of this project even more rewarding. “
“The Winthrop Solar Park is another example of the partnership Nexamp and Borrego have developed over the years,” said Jenn DeLaney, VP Channel Operations, Nexamp. “The two companies share a deep commitment to meeting the climate challenge by bringing clean energy to the communities we serve. Tom Saliba’s commitment to the environment and the future of Maine is inspiring. We are proud to be a long-term partner in this project that will increase renewable energy, mitigate climate change and promote good health for residents of Maine.”
“We are excited to see the solar portfolio we support become operational, and the Winthrop solar park is especially meaningful to us because of the involvement of the Saliba family,” said Troy Trejo, vice president of systems development for MaineHealth. “Tom’s commitment to using his land to improve the environment aligns with our vision to make our communities the healthiest in America. Given Borrego and Nexamp’s experience in solar development, this project is on track for a successful start of operations.”
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