The project will power approximately 3,400 Maine homes with clean, renewable energy
Milo, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus, joined community leaders and representatives from Dirigo Solar, BNRG, and The Carlyle Coup at a ribbon cutting ceremony for Milo Solar, a 27 megawatt clean energy project.
The Milo Solar site was originally developed by BNRG Renewables and Dirigo Solar. In 2019, the project was sold to Acadia Renewable Energy, a newly-established affiliate of The Carlyle Group. This $30 million project, which created more than 170 construction jobs, will power thousands of Maine homes with clean, renewable energy and prevent approximately 25,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually.
“Solar is a proven tool in the fight against climate change, a global challenge that requires local action,” said Senator Collins. “These new panels stand to protect Maine’s natural resources, our clean air and water, that are our greatest treasures. In addition, this project demonstrates that renewable energy makes economic sense. The lower utility bills will benefit customers for years to come and help attract new residents and businesses.”
“Two years from now, Milo will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its incorporation,” Senator Collins continued. “This town was built by harnessing the power of the three rivers to become a center of our lumber industry. A few decades later, the people of Milo manned picks and shovels to extend railroad service to this part of Maine. Today, they are continuing their commitment to progress by joining their technology partners in helping to lead their town, our State, and our nation into a new era of clean, renewable energy independence. I commend Dirigo Solar, BNRG, Carlyle, and, most of all, the people of Milo for this outstanding accomplishment.”
Senator Collins is a champion of investments in clean, renewable energy. Last year, the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act she authored was signed into law. This bipartisan legislation will support grid-scale energy storage research and development and improve the efficiency of the nation’s electric grid, while helping to align research efforts on energy storage technologies.