Bowdoin College Breaks Ground on Maine’s Largest Solar Project

Solar panels line the roof of Sidney J. Watson Arena.

Solar panels line the roof of Sidney J. Watson Arena.

Bowdoin College has broken ground on a solar power complex that is to be seven times the size of the largest existing solar installation in the state.

The 1.2 megawatt complex, to be built partially on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station land acquired by the college, will include approximately 4,500 solar panels.

The project includes five solar installations. There will be rooftop systems on the Farley Field House, the Sidney J. Watson Arena, Greason Pool, and a residence hall located at 52 Harpswell Road, in addition to the 700-kW ground-mount installation on three acres owned by the college at the former Navy base.

“Our college is proud to be moving forward with this significant investment in clean and renewable solar energy,” said President Barry Mills. Read more about the project.

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