The Power of the Sun – Solar Tour 2008 

Solar Tour in Maine, Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sites are open 9 AM to 5 PM unless otherwise noted.

Tour I: Downeast Jonesport-Columbia area. Contact: Richard Komp, MESEA, 17 Rockwell Rd SE, Jonesport ME 04649, Phone: 207-497-2204 E-mail [email protected], 6 Houses on tour, all rural.

Home 1. Owner: Charles Ewing, 156 Sacrap Rd. Columbia ME, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 192, Harrington ME 04643, 207-483-2764. [email protected], Part of: S.E.A.D.S. Solar Energy Awareness and Demonstration Seminars. Size: 36 x 60 ft. 2 story gambrel roof, Solar Features: Off Grid PV + wind, Passive solar with attached greenhouse, composting toilet + gray water system, permaculture garden. PV/Hot water hybrid for DHW plus electricity. In forested area on creek.

Home 2. Owner: John Burke, 156 Sacrap Rd. Columbia ME, A second house in the same area as the SEADS building. Passive solar construction with 12 volt PV system and many green features. Made from locally cut lumber.

Home 3. Owner: Leonore Hildebrandt &amp: Robert Froese, Pineo Point Rd. Harrington, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 217, Harrington ME 04643, 207-483-4466. Architect &amp: Builder: self. Size: 2600 sq. ft , 1 1/2 story salt box. Built 1990. Solar Features: Off Grid PV (900 W), Passive solar heating /wood backup. On salt water bay in forested area.

Home 4. Owner: Richard Komp, 17 Rockwell Rd. SE, Jonesport ME 04649, 207-497-2204, [email protected] Architect &amp: Builder: self, Size: 2100 sq. ft. two story saltbox, Built 1988. Solar Features: Off- Grid PV (500 W) Passive solar heating + 4 TAP air heaters, &quot:Hypocaust&quot: under floor thermal mass, wood backup, PV/thermal hybrid for hot water. On stone ledge overlooking salt water bay and Atlantic Ocean. Featured in the May-June 1997 Solar Today.

Home 5. Owner: Gillian Gatto, Cross Road, Kennebeck. PO Box 289, Machias ME 04654, 207-255-4515, e-mail: [email protected]. An owner-built passive solar home with a large solar dome studio for Gillian’s woodprint and other art work, The indoor bathroom has a composting toilet and thermosyphon water heating system from the wood cookstove. 200 watt Off-grid PV system with inverter.

Building 6. Three Pines Bed &amp: Breakfast, Edward Curtis, 274 East Side Rd, Hancock, ME 04640, 207-460-7595, [email protected] and
We live in an off the grid, 1.7 KW solar electric home in Hancock, ME. We also run a B&amp:B, have organic and vegetable garden and fruit orchard, and raise rare breed sheep and chickens.

Tour II, Blue Hill Area. Contact: Frank John, 185 Flye Point Rd., Brooklin ME 04616, (207) 359-8968 e-mail: [email protected]
9 homes on the tour, all rural.

Home 1. Kimball Petty and Deb Marshall, Coveside Lane, Little Deer Isle ME 348-2648. This net-metered home has 2150 watts of photovoltaics, a 900 watt wind generator and is a great example of a low-impact house. In addition, Kim also uses a GE Electrak riding mower and has a beautiful 16′ electric launch which can cruise at 4 knots for hours.

Home 2. Arnold Greenberg, Clayfield Rd. (off Jay Carter Rd.) East Blue Hill, ME 374-5170. This off-grid home uses energy efficient appliances and a 1500 watt photovoltaic array. Arnold has lived off-grid for years.

Home 3. The Good Life Center, 372 Harborside Road, Harborside ME 04642 The Good Life Center is the last hand-built home of Helen and Scott Nearing and encourages and supports individual and collective efforts to live sustainably into the future. The Center uses 690 watts of photovoltaics with battery backup and was the subject of an article in HOME POWER MAGAZINE (#108).

Home 4. Rufus Wanning and Margaret DeRivera, 23 Fish Creek Road, Orland, ME 04472 469-8972
This beautiful old home shows that one can live efficiently in older houses. Rufus and Margaret use 2300 watts of grid-tied photovoltaics with battery backup.

Home 5 Kathy Long, 85 Jay Carter Road, East Blue Hill, ME 374-9995. Kathy and Tom have a solar hot water system that uses 44 Evacuated Tubes to heat water in an 80-gallon tank for domestic use. They also have a 1.2 kW grid-tied photovoltaic array.

Home 6. Frank &amp: Shari John, 185 Flye Point Road, Brooklin, ME 04616 359-8968.
Hours 9 am to 2 pm only, please!
This home uses a grid-tied 1920 watt photovoltaic array to offset electricity use. They use a Tarm wood-gasification boiler to heat their home and provide hot water. Frank drives a Toyota pickup truck converted to electric drive.

Home 7. Vicki Mitchell, 47 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Vicki owns and operates Maine Watsu Therapy and uses a 300 evacuated tube array located on the pool building roof to heat the water to a comfortable 96 degrees F. Contact info at:

Home 8. Ann Logan and Chris Eckels. 91 Bayview Ave., Sedgwick, ME 04676 359-5503, Ann and Chris have a lovely new 3-story home using a 90 evacuated tube array to provide domestic how water and to assist with their radiant heating system.

Home 9. David Weeda, 327 Williams Pond Road, Bucksport, ME 04416, (207) 460-6064
Hours 11 am to 3 pm only, please!
David operates Williams Pond Lodge, an off-grid Bed &amp: Breakfast on scenic Williams Pond. The Lodge uses fifty 115-watt PV panels and a large storage battery bank for storage. Contact info at: or phone 460-6064

Tour III Bangor – Orono Area Contact: Claudia Lowd, 42 Mill St. Orono ME 04473, 207 944-8309, [email protected] web site: 7 buildings on tour, rural and urban.

Building 1. The Store-Ampersand, Owners Roberta and John Bradson, 22 Mill Street, Orono, ME phone 207-866-4110. A commercial bakery and coffee shop with a large passive solar entrance. It works so well that the entire first floor of the Store needs no heat all winter.

Building 2. Main View Apartments, Owner Richard Pare, 95 Main St., Orono, ME tele-207-866-5651
This 24 unit commercial apartment building has an active 48 panel evacuated tube solar thermal installation installed in 1988 which creates all the domestic hot water for all 24 apartments all year round and pre heats the water being used in the forced hot-water baseboard heating system.

Building 3. Owner, Claudia Lowd, 42 Mill Street, Orono, ME 04473, home phone 866-0249 cell 944-8309 [email protected],
Homemade 12 Watt photovoltaic panel running solar pump in garden pond, Workshop on Oct 4th at this Permaculture site will be using Maine Solar Primer to work on various solar DIY projects from 10 AM -3PM including constructing solar air heater and solar cooker along with discussion on passive solar design for upcoming construction.

Building 4. Owner: Cindy Carusi, 29 Gilbert Street, Orono, 04473 Home phone – 866-0608 [email protected].
The collector on the roof is 40 Apricus evacuated tube collectors. The tank in the cellar is an 80-gallon Steibel Eltron storage tank and pumping station. It’s all connected to my furnace, which will kick in when there isn’t enough solar heating.

Building 5. Owner: Lee Landry 188 Emerson Mill Rd, Hampden ME (1-1/2 miles away from Dysart’s) Part Owner/Solid Fuel Projects Supervisor ReVision Energy LLC, (207)589-4171 phone (207)570-4222, [email protected]).
60 tube Apricus evacuated tube solar thermal array on a 105 gallon storage tank.

Building 6.Owner: George Callas, 142 Mill Lane, Brooks cell phone # 323-1974, e-mail [email protected]
The house is super-insulated, earth-bermed stone. off-grid with a 1.9 kw array, windmill installation in process and heat with a interior wood boiler.

Building 7. Owner Peter Baldwin, Brooks, ME, 207-722-3654.
Peters off grid passive solar home has a 600 watt PV array assembled over the years, a 256 sq ft solar water heater and a large wind generator. Peter is always experimenting with new ways to use renewable energy in his life.

TOUR IV CENTRAL MAINE – A large Tour in several parts
Contact: Sasha Kutsy,722 Old County Rd. Washington ME 04574 (207) 845-2108, e-mail [email protected] 17 Buildings on Tour.

Home 1. Washington – Business: Home Grown Farm, Cynthia Rosen &amp: John Stewart, Rt. 220 by Rt 17, Washington ME 04574, 207-845-3048, [email protected]
A progression to sustainable fish farming. The same circulating water raises fish, greens &amp: herbs year-round. All are sold locally, harvested on order: reducing energy &amp: materials in packaging &amp: distribution, delivering whole fresh foods free from harmful chemicals &amp: antibiotics. A conservation model, the greenhouse &amp: barn are heated with bio-diesel made on site from used vegetable oil collected from area restaurants &amp: businesses. A bio-diesel fueled generator has also been added to provide electricity for the farm and home.

Home 2. Washington, Owners: Jaci Hart and Randy Libby, 367 Youngs Hill Rd., Washington ME 04574,
Our owner built, earth bermed, off grid home is solar powered. We heat with wood and propane. Our water is heated by an efficient propane &quot:on demand&quot: hot water system. Our solar system fits with our larger goal of energy, food and water self-sufficiency.

Home 3 (Business). Waldoboro, Blair &quot:Tump&quot: May, Business: Solarwinds Northernlights, 3381 Washington Road, Waldoboro 04572, 207-832-7574 (cell) 610-517-8401, [email protected]
Blair &quot:Tump&quot: May is Maine’s first nationally certified, &quot:NABCEP&quot: solar PV designer &amp: Installer. On location we have &quot:On Grid&quot: /net metering solar electrical systems as well as off grid &quot:Stand alone&quot: battery based systems and a Flat Plate 3 collector solar hot water system .

Tour IV (B). Appleton,Union- 15 minutes from Washington

Home 4. Union, Jim &amp: Mimi Doble, Address: PO Box 565, Union ME 04862, 207-785-2212, [email protected]
House is a 2,000 sq. ft. hybrid timber frame saltboxish, mostly straw bale outfill. Bale walls finished with earthen plaster, strapped &amp: clapboarded over outside. Finished &amp: moved in December 1999, used solar during building. Solar array: 2000W, 16 Astropower 120W roof mounted panels. Batteries: 4 Surette 6 cell. Inverter: Trace SW4024. 5000W Honda generator for back up. House essentials: lights, water &amp: heat pumps, on 24 DC. Inverter supplies AC non-essentials (washing machine, vacuum) &amp: wood shop. 5 roof solar panels for domestic hot water &amp: radiant floor heat, with wood &amp: gas backups for winter.

Home 5. Appleton- 10am to 4pm, Owners: Kal Winer &amp: Linda Tatelbaum, Address: 1050 Guinea Ridge Road, Appleton ME 04862, 207-785-4634 Description: The original passive solar home was built in 1977, with 2 later additions. We had no electrical power until 1981 when we installed 4 35-watt photovoltaic panels. We now have 8 35-watt panels (including the original 4) and 6 85-watt panels (a total array of 790 watts). The electrical system includes a mixture of equipment from 1981 with some more recent upgrades. We have a large battery bank (1600 Amp-Hours at 24 volt DC) that stores enough power for 10 days of normal electricity use, while only dipping into 30% of the batteries’ capacity.
A propane generator was added in 1992 to recharge batteries during extended cloudy periods: the generator is typically used 5-10 hours total over the winter. The 1500 s.f. house is heated with passive solar and 2.5 cords of wood per year. A composting toilet minimizes water usage.
We grow much of our own food: the house includes a root cellar and many other food storage areas. We consider a garden and food storage important forms of solar energy.

Tour IV (C) Palermo- 15-25 minutes from Washington

Home 6. Palermo, Paul Armstrong, Address: 401 Marden Hill, Palermo, ME 04354, Phone: H. 207-993-2803. W. 207-993-2108 [email protected],
Description: Contemporary 3,000 sq ft house, built in stages since 1994 as time &amp: money allowed. Hillside site allows enjoyment of outrageous views &amp: good breezes. CMP wanted the cost of ahouse mortgage to bring power, prodding us to alternatives. Starting with a generator we have added photovoltaics &amp: a wind turbine for our current tri-bred system. Recycled lumber was used in construction.


Home 7. Bristol, Alan Littlefield, 89 Poor Farm Rd, Bristol, ME 04539, 207-563-3494
1770 watt solar panel off the grid roof mount with auto start 8.5 kW propane generator. New contemporary home built in 2005. Radiant floor heat, all major appliances are propane. Plenty of organic produce for home consumption. Hopefully, a 100 ft. 1kW wind generator will be installed by the time of the tour.


Home 8. Belfast, Shana Hanson &amp: Tamarack Thomsen 208 Back Belmont Road, Belfast, ME 04915, 207-338-8980 (let ring 9x),
A wooden, well insulated house, built to fit needs of house mates. A 256w solar system with 12v lighting, a 2,500w inverter for sunny day wood working, garden water pumping. Food cool in root cellar or cut ice. Laundry by hand or intermittent machine with hauled water. Water heated while cooking with wood, or on gas stove top. Plumbing on 2 floors, from hand pumped gravity tank. Indoor composting toilets, &amp: a much used &amp: recommended in a composting trench outhouse: all limit nutrient run-off &amp: water waste.

Tour IV (F). UNITY

Site 9. Unity, MOFGA-Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Vernon LeCount- Facilities Coordiator, 294 Crosby Brook Rd, Unity ME 04988 Description: On the MOFGA fairgrounds, we have two different solar heating projects.
One is a hot-air collector that heats our sprinkler building during the winter. The water stored in the building acts as a heat sink for the collector. This collector is so successful we have removed the propane heater from the building and are keeping the water from freezing only with solar heat. This collector was built from scratch with locally available building materials. This type of solar technology could be employed by homeowners and businesses to inject warmed air into basements or other parts of a structure in winter.
The second project is a massive ground-mounted hot-water collector to heat the main building at MOFGA. This hot-water collector will heat a 1500-gallon tank in the main building. The panels are of two types, both being flat-plate collectors rather than the evacuated tube collectors. One of the flat plate collectors uses a manufactured absorber plate, with our own polycarbonate cover materials found locally. The second type of collector is one being constructed on site from. This second type of flat-plate collector is designed to use standard metal roofing panels as absorber plates and PEX pipe as a manifold. This homemade design allows construction of a hot water collector for less than a manufactured system would cost.

Home 10. Unity. Open ONLY 12-5 PM, John McIntire &amp: Nancy Rosalie, 323 Crosby Brook Rd, Unity ME 04988, 207-568-7597, [email protected]
Description: An interesting example of making a small footprint on the planet. Owner-built without debt, under 500 sq ft, small but adequate off grid electrical system. Composting outhouse, hand carried water. Minimal but certainly not spartan. Across the road from MOFGA.


Home 11. Hartford, Lee Holman, 275 Labrador Pond Road, Hartford, ME 04220, 207-388-2510, [email protected]
100 year old cape. A pair of 80 watt PV panels make up this low budget electrical system along with a propane refrigerator &amp: kitchen range and wood heat. This system runs a laptop computer &amp: printer, 12v shurflo pump for water at the kitchen sink, some lights, a radio &amp: a few other electrical devices.

Tour IV (H). SKOWHEGAN and Starks (near Farmington)
Home 12. Skowhegan, Iver Lofving, 32 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Skowhegan ME, 207-474-7370
We retrofitted a regular house &amp: have probably cut our fossil fuel use by 1/2- solar hot water, small PV system for back-up lights, and solar wood temple. We will have the solar car here: its a low-speed electric vehicle that recharges with on-board panels. Made with Art Haines from a SUNN ev kit. It holds 2 people, goes over 25 mph, &amp: about 30 miles per charge, but unlike a gasoline car, when it runs out you park it in the sun &amp: it recharges itself!

Home 13. Starks, Floyd Severn, 485 W. Mills Rd, Starks ME, 207-696-8136, Maine 800-860-6204: National 877-696-8136 Dealer, installations, consulting, design education &amp: training services. Display systems in these buildings. 31 years in business Maine.

Tour IV(I) Phippsburg

Home 14. Phippsburg – Business: Edgewater Farm B&amp:B, Bill &amp: Carol Emerson, 71 Small Point Rd (Rt 216), Phippsburg, ME 04562, 207-389-1322.
Organic farm, B&amp:B, with solar hot water &amp: passive solar heat. Greenhouse 10 months of the year. 4 acres, intensely gardened: vegetables, fruits, flowers: untreated lawn: see winter prep in action. In 2005 donated 5,000 lbs food to local food bank. Inherited a water collection underground cistern: made an ancient ground pool into a garden, walk a labyrinth of C rope on the ground in a wooden glen. Bill has been on land trust board &amp: is a designer of conservation trails throughout the peninsula.

Tour IV (J). Rockport, Tenants Harbor, Port Clyde, Cushing

Home 15. Rockport, Thomas Kiley &amp: Barb Hills, 6 Fisk Lane, Rockport 04856, 207-596-6766, [email protected],
Approx. 5,000 sq. ft. post &amp: beam by Rockport Post &amp: Beam ca. 1992 (we have 5 kids). Super insulated:(R25) panel walls &amp: (R50) roof. We heat with a H.S. Tarm Excel 2000 wood gasification boiler with a 600 gal. heat storage tank. Into this tank comes hot water from the boiler as well as from the 6 thermal solar panels on the roof. All domestic hot water &amp: shoulder season space heating is achieved from the solar system. The heat is distributed by radiant floors on the first floor &amp: second floor bathrooms: panel radiators in upstairs bedrooms only. We have a good passive solar exposure &amp: high performance windows to assist &amp: take advantage of an awesome view.

Home 16. Tenants Harbor, Herbert &amp: Hannah Nelsback, 11 Puffin Lane,Tenants Harbor 04860, 207-372-6487, [email protected]
Wind, Photovoltaic panels, sell back to CMP, Garden, Compost. To reduce costs &amp: protect the environment they purchased a 3600W PV system with 18 panels &amp: 48 V batteries in 2006. Added state of the art Skystream Windmill which can generate 214 kW at peak performance. Save estimated 20-30% annual fuel costs selling back to CMP. Replaced from all bulbs to CFL and closed our open fireplace with an Insert Woodstove using only 1/3 part of wood heating the house. We also built a sunroom on the south side which warms up the house even in winter until 4pm.

Tour IV (K). Woolwich- Boothbay Harbor

Home 17 (Businesses &amp: home). Woolwich, Guy Marsden, Rebekah Younger, 61 Delano Road, Woolwich 04579,: 207-443-8942,: [email protected], website:
2 hybrid vehicles, solar domestic water, solar building heating, solar attic vent and much more. Directions: From Route 1 in Woolwich (just north of Bath) take Route 127 NORTH at the yellow blinking light. Go 4.5 miles and turn RIGHT on Old Stage Road. Go 1/2 mile and turn RIGHT on Delano Road. Second house on the right with the brown barn.

Home 18. Michael J. Mayhew, PE, GBE Heliotropic Technologies, 60 Campbell Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME, 207-633-1061.
A very efficient solar home, with attached greenhouse w/ 1000 gal indoor thermal storage pool, PV powered solar domestic hot water system, radiant floor, great daylighting and south facing harbor views. My small (1/2 Acre) hill side lot is full of raised gardens that provide the majority of our green vegetables. This home was originally a small house that has been redesigned by a solar engineer (myself), remodeled over the past decade, using much locally grown wood, imagination, and expanded into great house for 6.

TOUR V Hours 10 AM to 4 PM Tour Contact: Curry Caputo, 317 S. Hunts Meadow Rd., Whitefield, ME 04353, (207) 446-7924, [email protected]. Click here for pdf file of Tour V.

Building #1: Curry Caputo and Andrea Lani, 317 S. Hunts Meadow Rd., Whitefield
Directions: Take RT 126 toward N. Whitefield, then take right (if coming from Gardiner/Pittston), or left (if coming from N. Whitefield) onto S. Hunts Meadow Rd. Go 1.5 miles to a dirt driveway on right, with white mailbox, yellow sun and #317. Follow drive to end. There will be event signs at road.
Description: Owner-design and built 1400 sq. ft. salt box with passive solar gain, daylight basement, metal roof, radiant floor heating, all natural wood and floor finishes, minimized northern exposure–no northern glazing: roof-mounted 1.9 kW photovoltaic array: 8 kW Kohler propane-fired generator: high-efficiency fridge (Conserv), washer (Kenmore front-loading), heating system (Propane-fired Polaris): high-density spray urethane foam insulation throughout.

Building #2 Bill and Rosey Guest, 68 Bluebird Hill Road, Jefferson
Directions: from Caputo house, return to RT 126, and head east (right turn) towards Jefferson. Pass intersection with RT 218, and continue another 4 miles. Take a left onto RT 215 North. Follow for 2. miles to the stop sign and take a right onto RT 32 South. The Guest’s home is on the left, about 1.2 milesBluebird Hill Road.
Description: This is a cape style home with passive solar design and is situated on a mountaintop. The Gust family has been using solar power for over 21 years. The home is off-th-grid, and is powered by a medium size photovoltaic system (16 Kyocera 53 watt modules @ 24VDC) and AIR 303 wind turbine. They also utilize a sun time solar water heater with a closed loop freon system.

Building #3: Lester Sheaffer, 71 Pine Crest Lane, Whitefield
Directions: From Gardiner: Cross the bridge, take a right (south on Rt.9), take left on Rt. 194. Follow through Pittston village into Whitefield. Take a left at the church onto the Townhouse Rd. Driveway will be on the left and carries up through the field. From Rt. 17: Turn onto the Cooper Rd. at Mazie’s Restaurant. At next intersection, take a left onto 126 (at St. Denis church) then first right onto Townhouse Rd. Driveway is on right just beyond the golf shack. From Wiscasset: take Rt. 218 toward Alna and continue into Whitefield. Continue on Rt. 194, turn right at the church onto Townhouse Rd., then take first left up through the field.
Description: Home is a 32 x 48, 1, 3/4 story cape. It is a stand alone 48 volt system. I have 12 panels and 32 trojan t105 batteries with a generator backup.

Building #4: Fred Todd and Ann Pistell, Kelley Rd., Pittston
Directions: Take RT 194 to the Kelley Road. Follow Kelley Road for 1.3 miles. The Todd/Pistell road (South Tyler Road) is on the right immediately after a small white cape with shingles and red trim. Look for Solar Tour signs at end of road. Follow South Tyler Road for 6/10 mile. White house sits up on hill with barn below.
Description: cape style home: about 2600 sq. ft. of living space: 9 walls, with a combination of fiberglass and foam board insulation: 1650W solar array installed in 1999: some very efficient appliances: propane heat, hot water and stove: radiant floor heat.

Building #5: Dave and Marylin Tilton, 2 Hagar St., Richmond
Directions: Take I-295 to Richmond, exit 43, three miles to town via Rt 197 which becomes Main St in town. From Gardiner or Topsham by Route 24 which becomes Front St in town. From the intersection of Main St (Rt 197) and Front St. ( Rt 24) go S. on Front Street past Fort Richmond Park about 0.4 miles. Turn right on Hagar St., home is on the corner of Hagar and Front Streets on the left, with green steel roof, gray &quot:stucco-like&quot: plaster, and yellow trim. It is across the street from a &quot:gothic Victorian.&quot:
Description: Home is a timberframe, strawbale, passive and active solar (PV with net metering, and H2O), full radiant floor including 2-bay garage, heated by a Baxi-luna propane-fired condensing boiler, and wood stove back-ups. Thermotech triple-glazed windows are used in main part of house: all spaces are handicap-accessible (principal doors are 3 ft wide with lever handles, no thresholds, all differences in elevation between levels from garage to living space ramped.) Home is on a town sewer and water systems, yet Sun-mar compact composting toilets are used. Two bedrooms, two baths, two lofts, with open concept kitchen, dining, living and growing space within a fully revealed timberframe. Windows are inset in 18-inch thick strawbale and plaster walls with curves above.

Building #6: Christopher and Karin Kroot, 55 Cold Creek Drive, West Gardiner, Maine 04345
Directions: From Downtown Gardiner take high street (highland Ave), this street is between the Irving Station and TW Dick, go 5 miles and go right on Cold Creek Drive ( there is a big rock with a subdivision sign &quot: Cold Creek&quot:) , we are only house on the right at end of road. This is a new road and is not on internet searches.
Description: Owner designed and built 2200 square foot living space modified post and beam straw bale home with Lime plaster on straw bales, solar slab ( this is not radiant slab) it has 1200 concrete blocks that form a radiator beneath a 4&quot: concrete slab, it is heated by room temperature air, interior cob ( 75% sand 25 % clay and a bit of chopped straw) walls. Our home is designed to be heated by the sun by storing heat in the cob walls and the solar slab. This home includes a 525 square foot dance and yoga studio. House cost excluding land and outside infrastructure (septic, well, driveway) $75 sq foot.

Building #7: Maple Hill Farm Bed &amp: Breakfast, Owner: Scott Cowger, Innkeeper &amp: Former State Representative, 11 Inn Road, Hallowell
Directions: from either Central Street in downtown Hallowell or the Whitten Road in Augusta, follow the signs for Maple Hill Farm B&amp:B. Take Central Street over the hill (approx. 2 miles). Pass througth blinking yellow light, soon road bears hard to the left, in another half-mile, the road bears sharp to the right and up a hill (dangerous intersection) this is the Outlet Road. Continue for approx. one mile. Maple Hill B&amp:B on right. Directions are available on our website
Description: A full service inn and conference center with a heavy demand for energy. As the first DEP certified Environmental Leader green lodging establishment in Maine, in 2003 the owners decided to decrease energy costs as well as their carbon footprint by installing a large 10 kW Bergey wind turbine atop a 100 foot tubular steel tower on the high point of their land, 1000 feet from the buildings. In 2006, they added extensive solar electric and solar hot water systems to the property. The largest solar power array in the state, it has 15 kW of electrical generating capacity, and there are 202 vacuum tubes for domestic hot water production with 320 gallons of hot water storage in the basement. As a grid-intertied system, any power generated and not used immediately goes out to the grid and a credit is recorded for use at a later date under Maine’s &quot:net metering&quot: law. Their system saves a tremendous amount of fuel oil (for hot water production) and offsets about half the electrical needs of the facility. You can monitor the output of the solar electric system, as well as view details of all the system components, on their web site at


Home 1. Peter Swinchatt, 29 Flicker Drive ~ Topsham, ME 04086 (Highland Greens)
These homeowners are using solar energy to provide heat for their domestic hot water and are also producing over 200 kwhrs of clean electricity each month with a 2kW photovoltaic system installation. The Swinchatt residence is utilizing a 30 tube Apricus tube collector array matched with an 80 gallon Stiebel Eltron solar storage tank to provide the majority of their domestic hot water needs. When the sun is unable to raise the temperature in the tank to its desired temperature, the back-up propane boiler will turn on to provide seamless hot water distribution. The 2kW solar electric system installed consists of (10) 210 watt SunPower panels connected to a SunPower inverter to feed AC electricity into the home. This system is a grid tied system. If the homeowners ever produce more electricity than they use at any given month they will be issued a credit by their utility provider to be used at a later time.

Home 2, Steve Normand, 66 Back Shore Rd. ~ Orr’s Island, ME 04066
This homeowner has a solar hot water and a solar electric system. The hot water system is a closed loop antifreeze system utilizing 2 Solene Chromagen flat plate collectors working to heat a 105 gallon solar storage tank and pump station made by Stiebel Eltron. This system is designed to cover most of the domestic hot water and is backed up by a gas boiler. The solar electric system is utilizing (14) 210 watt SunPower panels connected to an inverter for grid tied connection. This system will produce close to 3800 kwhrs a year. The utility grid will supply electricity when the house is using more than the panels are producing. If the panels produce more electricity than the homeowners can use, they will get credited that amount. This system will offset close to 4892 pounds of CO2 a year.

Home 3. Randy Lane, 8 Abby Lane, Richmond, ME 04357
This is a newly completed super insulated house with radiant concrete floors designed to utilize both active and passive solar techniques. There are a 90 Apricus evacuated tube collector array heating a 115 gallon dual coil Heat Flo tank and a 60 gallon SuperStor tank. This is a closed loop antifreeze system using an active Stiebel Eltron pump. The back up for this system is a highly efficient Prestige gas boiler, made by Triangle Tube. This system covers the domestic hot water load on this home and a portion of the heat.

Home 4, Paul Thornfeldt &amp: Dawne Wilton, 50 Presidential View ~ South Paris, ME 04281
The system you will view at this site will be a closed loop antifreeze system using 44 Apricus evacuated tubes heating an 80 gallon Stiebel Eltron solar storage tank with back up coming from the existing oil boiler. This system produces over 11 million BTUs/year offsetting 5000 pounds of CO2 annually.

Home 5, Robert &amp: Christine Thibodeau, 40 Eldredge Road ~ York, ME 03909
This home is using a closed loop antifreeze solar domestic hot water system to offset their oil consumption. Installed is a 44 tube Apricus collector array matched with an 80 gallon Stiebel Eltron solar storage tank. The solar array will heat the solar storage tank, and temperature controls will tell the oil boiler to stay off when its not needed. This system is designed to allow the boiler to stay off for 6 months of the year, the non heating months. It will continue to contribute heat to the thermal storage tank throughout the winter calling upon the back up boiler when needed.

Home 6. David Virtue, 54 Chauncey Creek Rd, Kittery Point, ME 03905
This home has a 30 tube Apricus evacuated tube collector array hanging off the south facing, front wall of the house in an awning mount style. This is a closed loop, indirect solar hot water system, heating a 50 gallon Stiebel Eltron tank, preheating for an already existing indirect hot water tank. This system is designed to cover the majority of the domestic hot water load on the house. An existing oil boiler will turn on if there is not adequate solar energy to heat the tanks. The Intellicon boiler control has been added to the oil boiler to add to the efficiency of the system.

Building 7. Peter Taggart, Taggart Construction, 10 South Street ~ Freeport, Maine 04032, 207-865-2281 (x5), e-mail: [email protected]
Presentations at 11am and 2pm
Designer and builder: Peter Taggart, 1,000 square feet, Commercial urban location. This new office &amp: show room was designed for this construction and woodworking company. It is a passive solar design with an energy efficient building envelope. There are active solar hot water panels for radiant floor slab, as well as non-toxic, environmentally friendly building methods &amp: materials. The building is made with recycled content, resource efficient, and locally produced materials. Natural day lighting and energy efficient task lighting add to the efficiency of this building. There are solar pre-heated fresh air inlets and dense pack cellulose insulation.
Peter will be giving two presentations that day. The presentation is entitled Energy Efficient Green Homes and will be held at 11am and 2pm. All are welcome: there is no charge for the presentations.

Home 8. Morton Panish, 52 Baldwin Rd. ~ Freeport, ME 04032
This home has a 3000 watt photovoltaic system installed that has been running for several years now. This system is connected to an inverter that will back feed any excess energy produced to the utility grid where the homeowners will then be issued a credit to be able to use at a later time. The system with Maine’s insolation will produce close to 3600 kilowatt hours of clean electricity every year and offset more than 4000 pounds of CO2 annually.

Home 9, Laurie Sevigny &amp: Cindy Walker, 193 Parsons Drive, Norway, ME 04268
This home has a 90 Apricus evacuated tube collector array matched with a 160 gallon Stiebel Eltron solar storage tank to provide the homeowners with almost 100% of their domestic hot water supply and then a portion of their heating load. Back up heat comes from the existing oil boiler. Temperature controls tell the boiler when to come on and when it can stay off. The collectors are elevated off the roof to optimize for winter time performance.

Home 10. Cushman Anthony, 30 Steeple Chase Road ~ North Yarmouth, ME 04097 This home is offsetting a portion of their electricity with a 1.9 kW rooftop solar array. The system is composed of (9) 210 SunPower panels connected to an inverter to produce grid tied solar electricity. This system is expected to produce 2420 kwhrs of solar electricity every year, offsetting over 3000 pounds of CO2 annually.

Business 11. Rob &amp: Leslie Taisey, Assured Solar Energy, 460 Mountfort Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097 The home of Assured Solar Energy showcases a 2.9kw, 18 module Schuco grid-tie PV system, a Schuco 3 Slim-V (flat plate collectors) domestic hot water system, and 4 hot air Sunsiaray collectors by Northern Comfort. Between the PV system and the solar domestic hot water system preheating the Taisey’s water in their electric water heater, their electric bill has dropped from over $100 to around $15/month (including the CMP $7.96 monthly minimum, and including all the electricity usage for both home and business). (Parking is available at 460 Mountfort Rd. for 460, 440, and 463 Mountfort Rd. All three homes are within short walking distance of each other.)

Home 12. Peter Lindsay &amp: Katie Murphy, 440 Mountfort Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097
The Lindsay home has a 12-module, 1.9kw grid-tie Schuco PV system, as well as a Schuco 3-Slim-V (flat plate) domestic hot water system. (Parking is available at 460 Mountfort Rd. for 460, 440, and 463 Mountfort Rd. All three homes are within short walking distance of each other.)

Home 13. Steve Leverett &amp: Patty Langkopf, 463 Mountfort Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097
The Leveretts use 6-4×10 Chromagen flat plate collectors to produce domestic hot water for a family of 5, pool heating, and low-temperature radiant floor space heating. They also have 2 SolarSheat hot air collectors. (Parking is available at 460 Mountfort Rd. for 460, 440, and 463 Mountfort Rd. All three homes are within short walking distance of each other.)

Building 14. The Salt Water Grille, 231 Front Street ~ South Portland, ME 04106
This waterfront restaurant is utilizing 9 Solene Corona flat plate collectors paired with a 165 gallon Stiebel Eltron solar storage tank and Flowstar pump station to cover the hot water the restaurant uses for handwashing, dishwashing, and cooking using an already existing propane boiler as backup. This system was designed and installed by ReVision Energy LLC, and will reduce the restaurants need for propane by approximately 600 gallons a year. This restaurant serves on average 2500 meals a week and each meal averages 2.4 gallons of hot water used. On an average sunny day this system will produce a 70-80 degree temperature rise in the tank, producing clean renewable energy ready to be utilized. Please stop by to see one of the few restaurants in southern Maine utilizing solar energy for its daily production and fancy some lunch while youre there. **this portion of the tour will be open during buildings hours of operation 11am – 3pm**

Home 15. Deborah and Jim McDonough, 6 Minuteman Drive ~ Scarborough, ME 04074
This system is a closed loop antifreeze system utilizing 60 Apricus evacuated tube collectors, a 105 gallon Stiebel Eltron storage tank, and Stiebel Eltron pump station. This installation is designed to cover a majority of the domestic hot water for this family of four: it is a retrofit installation on a standard construction house. This house also has retrofit radiant heat, and cellulose reinsulation.

Home 16. Molly &amp: Eli Chase, 99 Quarry Road ~ Scarborough, ME 04074
This system is a closed loop antifreeze system utilizing a 60 Apricus evacuated tube collector array and a 105 gallon Stiebel Eltron storage tank with back up coming from an existing oil boiler. This system will cover the majority of the domestic hot water needs for this household allowing the boiler to stay off during the non heating months, May through October. The Intellicon, a boiler control, was added to this system to increase the efficiency of the oil boiler during the shoulder seasons, spring and fall.

Home 17. Tom Snyder, 26 Jordan Drive, Gorham, ME 04038 This passive solar home was designed by Curt Jensch and built by Taggart Construction in Freeport, ME. The insulation is blown in cellulose with walls that are R-26 and R-52 in the ceiling. This is a newly built home that was completed in December 2006. The heating system is a Baxi Luna boiler using propane to provide heat to the radiant concrete slab on grade heating system and domestic hot water supply. There is a wood stove used as a backup heat source. The radiant concrete is finished with a dark brown acid stain to produce a large surface area to absorb heat from sunlight. The windows are Anderson with low-E glass to maximize solar gain and minimize radiant heat loss. The driveway is permeable to minimize rainwater runoff. Rainwater is collected from the roof into a 500 gallon cistern for use in watering the garden. This home is Gold Level LEED Certified.

Home 18. William &amp: Deborah Lord, 189 Mills Rd ~ Kennebunkport, ME 04046 (off of Rt 9)
Architect: Solar Design Assoc. Builder: Tim Spang
Photovoltaic roof with utility interfaced photovoltaic system. There is a 1000 gallon storage active solar heating radiant floor system. This home has its own web site, The installations on this home have been featured in many national magazines. This home is not to miss if you are in the Kennebunkport area.

Home 19. Joe Dallatore &amp: Deborah Ganster, 576 Emerys Bridge Rd. ~ South Berwick, ME 03908
Built 13 years ago this is an off-grid home/farm in South Berwick. The PV system is self-installed and self- maintained, upgraded regularly since installation. Currently, there are 1600 watts of PV panels, supplying 1600 AmpHour L-16 battery bank wired for 24 V, feeding a Trace 4024 Inverter, with an Outback MPP charge controller. There is a backup propane generator. The homeowners current project in progress is a super-insulated, radiant floor heat home office space for owner veterianian/acupuncturist. The building is super insulated (10 inches, icynene), healthy materials (low/no VOC materials) and will be partially heated with a solar hot water system.

Home 20. Jeannette Lovitch, 29 Woodland Road ~ Pownal, ME 04069
This home is using solar to heat the domestic hot water and also to provide a portion of the electricity consumed. There is a 44 tube Apricus solar collector array heating an 80 gallon Marathon solar storage tank with a Purist pump station using electricity as its source of back up. This home is also using (10) 215 watt SunPower panels to produce 2580 kwhrs of clean electricity a year, offsetting over 3000 pounds of CO2 annually. **this portion of the tour is available from 12-4pm only**

Building 21. The Beachmere Inn, 62 Beachmere Place ~ Ogunquit, ME 03907
Presentations at 11am and 2pm
The Beachmere Inn has been independently owned and family operated for the past 71 years. It sits along pristine sandy coastline in beautiful Ogunquit. The family of the Beachmere Inn has committed themselves to making efforts to help preserve the beauty of their natural surroundings. This past spring ReVision Energy LLC designed and installed 4 active solar systems, 1 for solar electricity and 3 for solar hot water. There is a 5kW system installed, consisting of (24) 210 watt SunPower panels feeding 6300 kwhrs of clean electricity into the Inn’s electrical load every year. Two of the hot water installations are offsetting the hot water loads in the main building, and there is one more hot water system offsetting the hot water load in the caretakers cottage at the Inn. Aside from the owners commitment to solar energy, the Inn is taking other measures to practice sustainable business. They are using compact fluorescent light bulbs, replacing all appliances with energy star rated appliances when needed, using cold water laundry, environmental safe chemicals for cleaning, recycled paper products for office supplies, and have set up an energy efficient irrigation system for their lawn, plant, &amp: gardening practices. Jennifer Hatch of ReVision Energy will be set up at the Beachmere all day to answer questions on solar energy and will be giving a presentation entitled Solar Energy Options for your Home and Business at 11am and 2pm. All are welcome: there is no charge for the presentation.

Home 22. Scott Lindsay, 262 Harris Road ~ Cumberland, ME 04021
This home is producing most of its electricity with 5.28 kW of grid tied photovoltaic panels using two inverters mounted on the roof with a battery back up system. There is also a closed loop antifreeze system, with 180 Apricus evacuated tubes and two 160 gallon Stiebel Eltron tanks being used to supply all of the domestic hot water and to provide some of the heat into the central space heating system.

Home 23. Dudley Greeley and Nancy Artz, 90 Mill Road Cumberland, ME 04021
1840 Greek revival farmhouse equipped with a SunMate solar air heater and a Solarsheat 1500G solar air heater with all duct work, fans and power connections viewable. This comfortable 2500 square foot home uses an average of about 125 kWhs of electricity per month.

Building 24. University of Southern Maine, Portland – Joel and Linda Abromson Community Education Center, Bedford Street (building with the pedestrian overpass)
Maine’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold building, USM’s Joel and Linda Abromson Community Education Center includes a 7.8 kW photovoltaic installation on the roof. Output of the system is presented on a public display in the building. Additional solar features include light shelves and an Energy Star rated highly reflective &quot:cool roof&quot:. Tours by appointment only ~ please email USM Sustainability Coordinator Dudley Greeley, [email protected] to make an appointment for a building tour. Tour times available on October 4th: 11:00 AM, 12 noon, and 1 PM.