Ditch Fossil Fuels and Save Money
Did you know you can reduce your energy costs and do your part to fight climate change at the same time? You can and we want to help you do it!
We've partnered with ReVision Energy, a local full-service solar company with over 15 years of experience designing, installing, and maintaining solar energy systems in the region. They can provide the tools you need to kick fossil fuels by upgrading to modern electric appliances such as heat pumps and heat pump water heaters and can help anyone with an electric bill join the clean energy movement by going solar.
As part of the program, ReVision Energy is offering Portland residents:
- $500 off solar installations
- $250 off air source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and home EV chargers (maximum of $1,250 per address, achieved if homeowner installed all four technologies)
- Up to $60,000 to help low-income households going solar!
This is in addition to generous rebates and incentives provided by Efficiency Maine for electric appliances and weatherization and tax credits available for solar installations. The team at ReVision will help with the paperwork to make sure you get all the incentives you qualify for and they offer a variety of financing options to spread any remaining costs over time. Contact the ReVision Energy team for a free consultation today!
By weatherizing and electrifying, you can save money on energy costs and make your home more comfortable - warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. You'll also be taking a significant action to help fight climate change!
Our rooftop solar array was among the first to go up in the West End. Since we live in the Historic District, the process involved some extra steps, but the end result was better than the original design. The panels generate about 72% of the electricity used in our two-family building. This includes powering our hot water heat pump and recharging our plug-in hybrid vehicle. An unexpected benefit of the heat pump is that it produces hotter water than did our former natural gas set-up. With Electrify Everything! we plan to install a heat pump for our rental unit and join a community solar farm to cover the remaining percentage of our power needs.
Lin and Elizabeth Parsons, Portland
How does electrification reduce CO2 emissions???
There are thousands of buildings in the City of Portland and nearly all of them have appliances such as furnaces, hot water boilers, and hot water tanks that burn fossil fuels. This results in the release of a lot of CO2 into the atmosphere. In fact, the greenhouse gas inventory conducted as part One Climate Future indicates that our homes and businesses account for nearly 60% of our city's carbon footprint. This means we need to decarbonize our buildings as quickly as possible to protect our climate. We also have to ensure that our buildings remain warm and safe. Fortunately, we know how to do that in a way that can save people money and make buildings more comfortable than they are now -- electrify everything! Technologies like air source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and solar energy are readily available, affordable, and carbon free.
As part of One Climate Future, we analyzed which policies and actions will be necessary for Portland to achieve its climate goals. Expanding the use of clean energy and decarbonizing buildings proved to be the most impactful. The chart below indicates the cumulative impact of specific strategies related to beneficial electrification:
1. Clean Up the Electricity Supply
Maine's electric grid is one of the cleanest in the country and continues getting cleaner each year. Maine has a law that requires 80% of our electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 and 100% by 2050. In addition, the Cities of Portland and South Portland have a goal to install 245 MWs of solar within their city limits by 2045.
2. Decarbonize buildings through beneficial electrification
To take advantage of the clean energy on the grid, One Climate Future calls for the replacement of furnaces and appliances that burn natural gas or oil with electric appliances such as heat pumps and heat pump water heaters.
3. Promote energy efficiency
Insulating and weatherizing buildings reduces the amount of energy required to operate them and it also helps building occupants stay safe and comfortable no matter the conditions outside.
Fully implementing these strategies will get Portland almost 60% of the way to achieving our city's climate goals!
There are many opportunities to Electrify your home! Find more information about each option:
- ReVision Rooftop Solar: Install solar on your property!
- ReVision Community Solar: Go solar without installing panels! ** Opportunity for Renters **
- Efficiency Maine EV Page: ** Opportunity for Renters **
Electric Vehicle Charging
Air Source Heat Pump
- ReVision Air Source Heat Pumps
- Efficiency Maine Air Source Heat Pump Low Income Rebates
- Efficiency Maine Air Source Heat Pump Any Income Rebates