BANGOR- Bangor city officials are one step closer to bringing a new source of clean energy to the city.
At their next full meeting, city councilors will be voting on making the area between Maine Ave and Godfrey Boulevard a solar field.
On Monday night, the finance committee voted to move the topic forward.
“We are voting tonight to enter a contract with ReVision energy, so we’re going to work with them to construct this solar array,” said councilor Ben Sprague.
The energy from the possible solar array will be bringing power to different municipal buildings.
The current amount allocated for the project is just under $70,000.
“It was important for us to get the best knowledge to the table to help advice the city in making the best decision for the city of Bangor,” said Tanya Emery, the city’s director of community and economic development.
That’s why city officials consulted with Portland based company, CES.
After months of research, city officials decided to contract with a Maine based company, ReVision.
“The negotiation period we’ll enter into next is to determine all those perimeters and if it will be a power purchase agreement and what the terms and conditions might look like, then we’ll bring that to full council for final approval,” added Emery.
Sprague said it won’t be a massive solar field, but it’s one more step in getting the city closer to clean energy.
“The timing seems right and hopefully those paybacks will continue to improve and we can do more things like this in the future,” he said.
Emery said that if all goes as planned, the solar field could be up and running by next fall.