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Sustainable Business Proposals for Gouldsboro
July 1, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Join this public presentation co-hosted by the Schoodic Area Chamber of Commerce to learn about three sustainable business projects proposed for the former 40-acre Navy antenna array site near the village of Corea in Gouldsboro. Two innovative land-based aquaculture businesses and what would be Maine’s largest solar photovoltaic project are currently proposed for the site. The former antenna array site – known locally as the “elephant cages” is surrounded by a 360-acre peat bog administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Coastal Maine National Wildlife Refuge.
Each of these businesses has potential to boost economic activity and employment on the Schoodic Peninsula. Like the Schoodic Institute partnership with Acadia National Park at the Schoodic Education and Research Center, these are initiatives based on the opportunities presented by the former Navy facilities of the Schoodic Peninsula.
Gouldsboro Selectman Roger Bowen will mediate a series of brief presentations by Ed Robinson of Acadia Harvest, Kim Kenway of Gouldsboro Solar, and Bryan Woods of Palom Aquaculture, followed by discussion. Bring your questions!
About the proposals:
Acadia Harvest (from acadiaharvest.com)
Acadia Harvest Inc. (AHI) was formed in early 2011 to develop a land-based, indoor marine fish farm, leveraging novel technologies to enhance recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). Mission Statement: To produce high quality, sustainable marine seafood using leading edge aquaculture technologies to meet the world’s growing need for protein.
To date, we have been successful in winning a series of grants worth $1.5 million that have allowed us to advance our technologies, while growing fish for test marketing. We are working with California yellowtail (Seriola lalandi), native to the Pacific Ocean, and black sea bass (Centropristis striata), found along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Customer feedback on our products has been excellent, with repeated requests for larger volume shipments. As we move into 2015, AHI is focused upon selling premium seafood grown in a “low to zero waste” facility.
Gouldsboro Solar LLC, a Maine limited liability company (“GS”), seeks to develop a12.6 site that it owns in Gouldsboro, Maine as a large solar photo-voltaic power generation facility (the “Project”). GS has engaged ReVision Energy, Maine’s foremost solar power development and construction firm, to handle design equipment procurement, and construction of the Project. SGC Engineering of Westbrook, Hallowell, and Orono, Maine will act as Owner’s Engineer and handle interconnection arrangements with the local grid operator, Emera Maine (formerly Bangor Hydro-Electric Company).
The Project will consist of over 9,500 photo-voltaic panels with a total nameplate capacity of 2.8 MW. The Project is estimated to produce approximately 3,500,000 kWh annually. GS and Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor have announced the signature of a letter of intent, committing Jackson Lab to a long-term power purchase from Gouldsboro Solar if the project is completed.
GS hopes to commence construction during the late fall of 2015, and in any event will need to complete construction of the Project before December 31, 2016 to ensure entitlement to the 30% federal solar tax credit.
Palom Aquaculture: from palomaquaculture.com
Palom Aquaculture of Maine plans to construct and operate a land-based, recirculating aquaculture system (RAS), growing North Atlantic Salmon to market size for sale in the United States. Since the founding of our country, Maine has always held the reputation of a high-quality cold water seafood producer. With aquaculture fish farming using RAS, Palom will build on this reputable brand.
Palom’s marine aquaculture is RAS, short for Recirculating Aquaculture System. Palom is the first and only approved company, to grow North Atlantic Salmon on the coastline in the United States.
Palom Aquaculture will sustainably grow a native North Atlantic salmon, with a taste, texture, and price point equal to the best imported, organically raised, salmon. Marine aquaculture using RAS is simply a closed farming system on land which protects the fish from the environment and the environment from the fish.