Maine Becomes the 20th State to Pass Community Solar Legislation


In 2019, Maine became the 20th state to pass community solar legislation when Governor Janet Mills signed LD 1711 into law. The bi-partisan bill expanded community solar in Maine and reformed the state's solar energy policies.


The goal of the legislation is to encourage the development of 400 megawatts of distributed solar generation. Of that, 250 megawatts is slated to be community solar projects. The community solar program provides opportunities for both residential and non-residential customers in the Central Maine Power and Versant utility zones to participate and receive on-bill solar credits that result in lower overall electric costs.


“For too long, Mainers have been unable to choose clean and affordable solar energy. We would like to thank Senate Republican Leader Dana Dow and Gov. Mills for their leadership in helping to unlock all of the benefits of community solar for the Pine Tree State,” said Jeff Cramer, Executive Director of the Coalition for Community Solar Access.


“LD 1711 builds a foundation for the community solar industry to invest in Maine by creating new jobs and serving thousands of residents across the state who have been patiently waiting for their chance to realize the benefits of solar energy. CCSA looks forward to working with the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the local utilities to develop and implement successful community solar programs across the state.”


LD1711 created two programs that are overseen and regulated by Maine’s Public Utilities Commission:
 

  • The Net Energy Billing (NEB) kWh Credit Program targets residential and small commercial (SGS meter class) customers.


  •  The Net Energy Billing Tariff Credit Program targets mid-to-large commercial (MGS, LGS… meter class) customers.