Loring Development Authority executes solar lease agreement with Ranger Solar on 100 MW of PV on former airport

The airport at Loring will join a growing number of airports that have seen solar PV panels installed in the compatible areas surrounding the runways
The airport at Loring will join a growing number of airports that have seen solar PV panels installed in the compatible areas surrounding the runways

Ranger Solar (Yarmouth, ME, U.S.) and Loring Development Authority (Limestone, ME) jointly announced the execution of a lease paving the way for the region’s largest-to-date solar project.

The agreement allows Ranger Solar to lease over 600 acres of land at Loring Commerce Centre, the site of the former Loring Air Force Base, for the purpose of operating a utility-scale solar energy project. At up to 100 megawatts (MW) in size, the project will be the largest solar energy facility in the state of Maine and the New England Region.

 

More than six hundred acres now devoted to solar power production

Loring, once the site of a Strategic Air Command Air Force Base, is now a multi-faceted business park. The former base is an ideal site for solar because of the large tracts of open and previously developed land in close proximity to existing electrical and other support infrastructure.

Even with more than six hundred acres now devoted to solar energy production, there are still several large tracts that can support future industrial development along with numerous smaller parcels suitable for general commercial, recreational and residential development.

Ranger Solar first approached the Loring Development Authority (LDA) in 2015, at which point the Board authorized LDA to enter into negotiations with Ranger Solar for the lease. Since then, LDA and Ranger Solar have worked to define the lease area, and reach agreement on the lease terms.

 

2016-10-18 | Courtesy: Ranger Solar | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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