Maine’s ‘greenest’ building set to open in Boothbay

Posted July 14, 2011, at 9:43 a.m.

BOOTHBAY, Maine — What’s being touted as Maine’s greenest building is set to open in Boothbay.

The grand opening for the Bosarge Family Education Center at the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens is scheduled for Friday.

The Portland Press Herald says the $4.2 million project is the state’s first commercial building designed to produce more power than it uses, but it will take a year to see if it’s working.

The building has foot-thick walls, packed with insulation. There are 237 solar-electric panels to feed power to the electric grid on sunny days. There’s a 1,700-gallon cistern to collect rainwater to help flush toilets.

The Botanical Gardens, which opened in 2007 and has grown quickly, is the largest botanical garden in New England and one of Maine’s top tourist attractions.

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