Fernwood Cove Teams with GridSolar on Proposed Solar Generating Facility

Fernwood Cove, a summer camp for girls in Harrison, Maine, is partnering with alternative energy company GridSolar in an option to lease land for a new solar power facility.

Online PR News – 23-March-2010 – – Maine summer camp Fernwood Cove is pleased to announce that they have entered into an option agreement that will allow alternative energy company GridSolar to lease up to 50 acres of land for solar power generation. This agreement is part of the GridSolar Project, an innovative plan that aims to make Maine the solar capital of the U.S.

"We have been looking for an opportunity to utilize this land in a way that is consistent with our company’s core mission of simple living in the out-of-doors and our strong commitment to Maine’s environment," said Jim Gill, owner and director of Fernwood Cove.

If approved, this project will utilize many small scale solar fields distributed across the state, including the Fernwood Cove site. These small facilities will feed into the existing power grid to increase generation and transmission of power as well as improve reliability.

GridSolar’s idea is an alternative to the $1.5 billion power grid upgrades proposed by Central Maine Power (CMP). CMP’s fossil fuel based plan will require destruction of wetlands and forests as well as being one of the biggest eminent domain takings of privately owned land in Maine’s history.

By contrast, GridSolar will pay landowners for the use of their land that is adjacent to existing power lines. As a small business owner who would have to cede land to CMP for additional power lines under their plan, Gill sees the GridSolar project as a far better alternative; a win-win for Fernwood Cove, Maine and the planet.

Fernwood Cove is a traditional girls’ camp that offers skill-based instruction for today’s girl on a variety of topics. Gill sees leasing land to GridSolar as an excellent learning opportunity for his campers. "If GridSolar is successful in its application to the Maine PUC, we intend to integrate a new teaching module on solar generation into our summer programs."

Fernwood Cove is a summer camp for girls located on 226 scenic acres in Harrison, Maine. Its founding principles of simple living in the out of doors and the warmth of community have made it popular among young girls and their parents since its first session as a girls’ summer camp in 1999. The camp provides two 3 1/2 week sessions each summer, each accommodating up to 200 girls aged 7-15, and boasts an 85% retention rate for campers and a 65% retention rate for staff. Campers can enjoy instruction and activities ranging from performing arts and theater to media and photography, water sports and outdoor adventure as well as cooking in their new state-of-the-art culinary facility. For more information, contact Jim Gill at 207-583-2381 or email cove@fernwoodcove.com. Website: http://www.fernwoodcove.com

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