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June 29, 2011

Maine Community Seeing Things in a New Light

As one of the northernmost communities in the "Lower 48," Fort Fairfield, Maine (population 3,500) averages less sunlight every year than towns in the southern part of the state. In the summer months, this isn't a big problem since it stays lighter much later in the evening. In the winter, however, the hours of actual daylight are dramatically shorter, which can lead to higher utility bills for keeping streetlights on for more hours per day.

All this darkness and the need to save energy is one of the reasons Fort Fairfield was able to leverage $58,290 in DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding with a $45,675 lighting incentive from Efficiency Maine to replace 174 streetlights with LED lighting technology. See the Energy Blog post.