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Portland to Consider Solar Site at Former Landfill

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials in Portland will soon consider a proposal to build a group of solar panels at the site of a former landfill.

The proposal is on the City Council schedule for a first reading on Monday and could come up for a vote in September.

The council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee heard a presentation on the proposal last week and voted to send it along to the full council.

City officials say the proposal would require Portland to pay about $25,000 per year, and a payback in energy savings is expected in the tenth year.

Mayor Ethan Strimling has supported the project, which would be located at the former Ocean Avenue Landfill site.