Owners of a Hallowell inn are getting a big share of their energy needs from a solar electric and hot water system that’s believed to be Maine’s largest of its kind. The system was displayed to the public Thursday morning.
The 15-kilowatt solar system covers the roof of a building at the Maple Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast Inn and Conference Center.
Co-owner Scott Cowger is a former legislator who chaired the Natural Resources Committee. Cowger says he brings into his business a string commitment to minimizing the impact on the environment.
Cowger says the solar system and a wind-powered turbine already installed at the inn are expected to supply a third to half of the facility’s energy needs. He says the 166-thousand dollar solar system’s expected to pay for itself in five years.
If you’d like to learn mor about the Maple Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast Inn and Conference Center you can check them out onlne at www.maplebb.com.