HOULTON, Maine — Motorists touring alongside U.S. Route 1 in Houlton most likely seen a major assortment of photo voltaic panels that not too long ago popped up.
Spearheaded by Houlton resident Cameron Clark, the photo voltaic panels are simply the newest financial enterprise for the younger entrepreneur who began his first enterprise whereas nonetheless in highschool. It is usually his most formidable challenge but.
A complete of 200 photo voltaic panels have been erected adjoining to the Maine State Police barracks, the place Clark’s garden grooming enterprise — Cam’s Garden and Landscaping LLC — is established. The challenge has been a labor of affection for Clark, who feels passionately about saving the atmosphere.
Photo voltaic tasks of assorted sizes are being erected throughout Maine, however most of them this measurement tie into the New England energy grid. Clark’s set up is strictly to energy his companies, together with his rental flats.
“I imagine within the transition to sustainable vitality, and on the enterprise facet, this challenge will repair my utility value for 25 to 30 years, which may be very comforting to me as a enterprise proprietor figuring out the price of my electrical energy won’t ever go up,” Clark mentioned. “The photo voltaic array that has been put in on my North Avenue property is offering clear vitality to 100% of the residential condominium buildings that I at present personal all through Houlton.”
The son of Jayne and Bruce Clark, Cameron bought his first foray into the enterprise world when he began his garden grooming enterprise whereas nonetheless in highschool. He additionally proved to be fairly the handyman with energy instruments, making picnic tables and later started wooden carvings with a chainsaw underneath the identify Cam’s Chainsaw Carving.
In 2016, he graduated from Houlton Center-Excessive Faculty and turned his focus to pursuing an schooling in enterprise at Husson College. In 2018, Clark obtained the very first “Young Professional” award from the Higher Houlton Chamber of Commerce for his efforts.
By the point he graduated from school in 2020 with a level in enterprise administration, Clark was already nicely on his solution to establishing himself as one of many city’s up and coming businessmen as his garden grooming enterprise expanded to incorporate all types of landscaping and development, together with a crew of a number of workers. He has additionally bought a number of condominium buildings within the larger Houlton space.
Decreasing his carbon footprint is the one challenge that he’s most captivated with.
“My private automotive is a totally electrical car and there can be a few of these in my companies very quickly, so having an energy-generating facility at my location appeared like the appropriate factor to do,” he mentioned. “The vitality from this photo voltaic array can be powering a few of Houlton’s first carbon-neutral flats when accompanied by electrical warmth or warmth pumps and that’s one thing I’m proud to supply.”
Put in by Pine Tree Photo voltaic, the vitality created by his panels is acquired by Houlton Water Firm by a Internet Power Billing Settlement. HWC takes within the vitality immediately from the photo voltaic array then offers him credit score for that vitality on his utility payments.
“The array is predicted to provide sufficient vitality to cowl 100% of the demand that comes from all of my condominium buildings all through Houlton, however I plan on doing one other challenge to permit for future growth in the true property enterprise,” he mentioned. “My tenants are excited to know 100% of their electrical energy is clear they usually can really see the place it’s being generated when visiting the array. My enterprise does use all the vitality that’s generated with none of it being bought to any offtakers.”
The panels are anticipated to have a 25- to 30-year lifespan with inverter work or alternative being the one upkeep.
“With that form of lifespace it was easy to calculate that this was a superb enterprise choice,” Clark mentioned. “Not too long ago there was a big vitality worth enhance from different utilities in Maine driving up prices for patrons. Whereas it’s unlikely a rise like that may occur within the Houlton Water Firm utility district, if it ever did, my tenants could be protected against any spike in value.”