Habitat for Humanity Builds Solar-Powered Home in Oakland 

The first solar-powered Habitat for Humanity home in New England is being built in central Maine. The home in Oakland is currently under construction. Mike Grant, president of the area chapter of the nonprofit home-building organization, tells the Morning Sentinel, they are taking advantage of state and federal tax credits that made it financially possible to install photovoltaic panels and a solar-powered hot water system on the roof of the home. The solar energy systems will provide 80 percent of the energy needed to heat water and 90 percent of the electricity needs of the home, and are expected to pay for themselves in five years. The home is being built for preschool teacher Joni Sprague, her twin 3-year-old daughters, and her mother.