A Maine Future Problem with Green Energy ?

West Plymouth neighbors question legality of solar arrays in residential zone

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Should ground-mounted, multi-acre solar arrays be considered commercial or industrial projects? If they are, should the town enforce its bylaws, which prohibit commercial or industrial development in residential zones? If they do, what happens to the 14 large arrays already approved?

If Commercial in Maine, what of Net Metering ? Residential Rooftops, prohibited if Net metered? Exempted if leased ? 

Questions Maine Residents should ask before taking up on a seemingly subsidized offer.

How do Maine's zoned communities view this onslaught. Will Net metering prohibit use of Green energy sources outside the home (Grid attached), or will the industry become excluded and get the rooftops for their production using our rooftops while allowing you to lease from them as they reap yet more rewards.

This should be resolved

Before we change our statutes, rules, regulations or utilize taxpayer/ratepayer financing or subsidies !!!

Or has this the scheme already set into motion ?

Home Wind can be viewed in the same light..... 

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 28, 2016 at 11:19am

My post, relates only to a potential problem for those that seek subsidized enticements. The government of States are now looking to recover in some way those tax dollars or tax credits. This, if it becomes a zoning issue may prohibit homeowners from seeking the Green alternative whether subsidized or not when attached to the grid with net metering. This reclassification from residential to commercial could increase property taxes of the homeowner which would defeat any offset of investment by the home owner. The alternative would be to lease the space, provide to the homeowner (maybe) a reduced rate with a compensation of the possible tax increases while they make the profit. 90 acre sites of displaced forests or those that cover landfills, are already tax factored into the corporate equations, though they can abandon at will or through the LLC exchange find a patsy investor with a last resort of leaving the community or the state holding the proverbial bag. 

The point being, before you accept what may be a Trojan Horse, be aware of what the costs may become, given this is a greed driven for profit and power industrial sector with government assistance.  Maine, should become Informed.......... The western states (some 5?) have already begun the taxation process in various ways and amounts on those non-competitive residents for a  competition to recover those tax dollars. 

Comment by Penny Gray on September 28, 2016 at 10:59am

Five acres of commercial roof top in a shopping mall being covered with solar panels is vastly different than five acres of woods or fields being transformed into an industrial scale power facility.  But as with wind, it seems people are all excited about the idea of turning natural landscapes into industrialized ones, as long as it's in the name of "Clean Energy".  The problem with clean energy is that it can be such a dirty business.


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

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"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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