AUGUSTA – Solar panels are going up at the Blaine House property in Augusta.
ReVision Energy, a Maine company, started work on the project Monday and said they expect to wrap up by the end of the day Thursday.
Panels are going on the garage’s roof and a tracker in the yard, not the governor’s home itself.
Project leaders said there are 37 modules going on the roof and 24 on the sun tracking array in the yard.
“We should be wrapping up today. We have a visit from the state electrical inspector any minute now and then we’ll be able to turn it on and be making power by the end of the day,” said Hans Albee, a project manager for Revision Energy.
According to the office of Governor Janet Mills, the cost of the project is almost $63,000.
But the project will begin generating revenue at about $1,578 annually and will provide homegrown electricity to cover roughly 25 percent of the Blaine House’s electricity usage.
According to a statement from the governor’s office, “the project will provide roughly 26,000 kwh of clean, renewable electricity – enough to offset 28,000 lbs of carbon emissions, the equivalent to 2.3 million smartphone charges a year or 43 barrels of oil.