Matinicus, Maine

Matinicus, Maine
April 7, 2016 The Islanded Grid Resource Center

With one of the highest electric rates in the country ($0.68/kWh), Matinicus is pursuing the implementation of a solar/diesel hybrid system to increase reliability and lower costs. Electricity generation and service is plagued with safety, reliability, and efficiency challenges, primarily due to aging generation and distribution infrastructure, and reliance on diesel fuel transported by tanker. These issues have led the island to pursue the “Matinicus Renewable Power Project.” The project will replace the current switchgear, add 150-200 kW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and battery storage, and replace the power company’s aging utility line truck.

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