February 23, 2019
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Janet Mills takes first step to install solar panels on Blaine House

Carter F. McCall | BDN
Carter F. McCall | BDN
The Blaine House in Augusta pictured in 2013.

Maine’s new Democratic governor is taking steps to install solar panels on the governor’s mansion as she calls for the state to be more welcoming of renewable energy.

Gov. Janet Mills’ administration posted a request for proposals Friday to move ahead on plans to design and install a photovoltaic system that would supply 50 percent of the Blaine House’s electricity needs.

Mills in her inaugural address announced she’d put solar panels on the governor’s residence. Her predecessor, former Republican Gov. Paul LePage, often criticized subsidies for solar power.

Her administration said it’s seeking a “cost-efficient” proposal for a contract expected to start this April through 2024.

The state is looking for bidders with a three-year track record of at least $100,000 worth of solar photovoltaic work in Maine.



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