We are Mount Desert Island residents, businesses and municipalities working to achieve energy independence by 2030.
Support ACTT's Crowdfunding Campaign Today!
A Climate to Thrive is taking climate change action into our own hands. Despite setbacks on national and state levels we are forging ahead, seeking energy solutions that provide economic and environmental benefits here on Mount Desert Island. In just over a year, ACTT already has established Eastern Maine's first community solar farm, launched the "Solarize MDI" group purchase initiative, distributed thousands of energy-saving LED light bulbs, initiated a Municipal Energy Benchmarking Collaboration, facilitated composting workshops and a Ride Share Program and established the first (of many) island EV charging stations.
Imagine with us what the years ahead will hold as we continue to power towards energy independence for MDI. ACTT's success is MDI's success, and none of this is possible without support - both volunteer and financial - from our community. We have set an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 by August 1. Please help us reach this goal and be a part of our success.
Show your support for our upcoming projects below:
- Weatherize MDI (launching this winter with enough financial support)
- Extending Solarize to reach our goal of doubling solar energy on MDI this year - we're almost there!
- More MDIHS internships, newinternships at the middle schools, and service learning projects at all island schools
- Expanding EV usage and support on MDI, Winter Farmers market, Composting initiatives and more.
- An island-wide symposium at MDIHS in January 2018 and much more!
The knock of climate change on the door of human existence grows even stronger ...
A lot can happen in 18 months. In January, 2016 we wrote an editorial to the MDIslander. Johannah was five months pregnant. A Climate to Thrive (ACTT), MDI’s initiative working towards energy independence, was about to hold our launch event. We were fairly well-rested human beings with very little grey hair and ample free time - exploring the emotional nuances involved in deciding to bring a baby into today’s world.
Today we have a thirteen month-old daughter, more grey hairs, a lot less free time, and an overabundance of love in our lives. And just over a year after its launch, ACTT has established Eastern Maine's first community solar farm, launched the "Solarize MDI" group purchase initiative, distributed thousands of energy-saving LED light bulbs, initiated a Municipal Energy Benchmarking Collaboration, facilitated composting workshops and a Ride Share Program and established the first (of many) island EV charging stations. We are already becoming a model for local action on climate change. Read more.
On June 15, just two months into our Solarize MDI campaign we reached our initial goal of contracts for 200 new kW of solar energy on MDI - the number needed to provide homeowners and businesses with the lowest tiered pricing. The number has since grown to 375 kW plus a 76 kW contract with the town Mount Desert which brings the total to 451 kW! This represents a 70% increase in the total solar capacity on the island! We're saving 45 customers over $110,000 on solar installs. New contracts for Solarize MDI are due August 15. Learn more and/or sign up for a free site visit with ReVision Energy.
Solarize MDI is a GROUP purchasing program for MDI homeowners and businesses
Help us save you $1 - $3,000 or more plus get a 30% tax credit. Click on the Solarize MDI logo above to learn more about the solar potential of your home or business, investing into a solar farm if your site is not desirable, and/or about energy efficient heat pumps ($500-750 rebates) powered by the sun to heat your home or water.
Sample System 6 kW
Sample system size: 6 kilowatts
Current electric bill ~ $95/month
Installation cost: $16,140
Federal tax credit: $4,842
System cost: $11,298
Potential Solarize MDI savings: $1,500 if we achieve our goal
Tier 5 Cost: $9,798 - once Solarize MDI hits 200kW total
25 year warranty and 30+ year life expectancy
Left: As part of Solarize MDI, Leza and Jim Colquhoun were thrilled to see their solar panels installed on their Southwest Harbor home that was once Leza's parent's cottage. The exciting part was when it immediately produced over 5,000 kW of electricity and the meter ran backward.
More Affordable Than Your Electric Bill
Even if your electric bill of $95 stayed the same for the next 10 years (very unlikely) you would pay $11,400. Special financing is available to make your monthly payments comparable over a 10-12 year period. Enjoy free carbon free electricity for years afterwards!
Have a larger electric bill? Save even more!
Are you a business owner? With these low prices and accelerated depreciation, this is a very wise business investment.
Click Here to sign up for a free site visit
ACTT will see that Mount Desert Island meets its climate goals.
The 12 green states above and Puerto Rico have become members of the U.S. Climate Alliance and remain committed to achieving existing CO2 emission reduction goals. Officials from the 10 blue states and the District of Columbia pledged to follow the Paris Agreement but have not formally joined the alliance. Across the country, 274 cities and counting have signed on to the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, which asserts their commitment to lowering emissions at the local level.
Clean energy is unstoppable.
Volunteers! Help us Thrive!
Hi! I’m Jill Higgins and I’m doing some temporary project management and volunteer coordination with ACTT 10 hours a week over the summer. I’m amazed and heartened by all that ACTT has accomplished since a group of concerned MDI citizens started it 16 months ago! See ACTT Progress Highlights
We have launched so many great sustainability projects - more than our small group of volunteers and part-time coordinator can manage! Joe and the Board have been writing grant after grant to fund the hiring of project managers, We’ve received several grants in 2017, but there’s intense competition for environmental grants right now - understandably. Our work continues to depend heavily on committed active volunteers and private donors. (We’ll be doing a crowd funding campaign soon.)
If you think you might like to do some volunteer work to help MDI become energy independent and environmentally sustainable by 2030 (or if you are already an ACTT volunteer), please give me a call at 413-320-9135 or email me. I’d love to talk with you about what you have to offer and what you love to do and help you find the perfect volunteer role for you, that will be just as good for you as for ACTT’s mission.
Some of the fun projects we need help with are organizing the Winter Farmers’ Market; possible plastic bag and packaged water bans; working with towns on municipal building efficiency; climate change education in the schools and community; teaching and promoting composting and gardening; promoting bike trails and electric vehicles; working with island businesses to become designated “Climate Friendly Businesses”; posting flyers on a regular basis; and of course, fund raising! We’re interested in exciting, creative ideas for fundraising, like big name concerts, film festivals, and other fun community events. And if you have your own ideas for sustainability projects you’d like to lead, we’d love to help you get the word out and find supporters through out 1000+ email list, Facebook page, and website. Together, we can achieve energy independence by 2030. Let’s talk! - Jill Higgins
A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) was started by Mount Desert Island residents who believe that moving our island towards energy independence will also lead to a thriving economy. We are committed to efforts that build MDI's local economy and make this island a leader in practices and policies that reduce our carbon footprint. Our projects, such as the ones featured above, will create jobs, preserve the beauty of this island and establish MDI as a resource and leader for communities around the world.
Meet ACTT's Summer Interns
Ellie Bridgers is a rising senior at Mount Desert Island High School and is interested in pursuing a career in environmental science. She works at Beech Hill Farm part-time, and is connecting her interest in food to her love of science between both job and internship.
As a part of her internship, Ellie hopes to pursue her interests in data science as applicable to projects from the Zero Waste committee.
Emily McCarthy is a graduated senior from Mount Desert Island High School and will be attending Acadia University this fall majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Environmental Science.
Through this internship, Emily hopes to apply her knowledge and interests in food to help educate younger generations about the positive impact food choices have on local communities, the environment, and climate change.
Both Ellie and Emily are working with on an LED Bulb project to distribute and educate communities on the island about energy efficiency and the importance of using LEDs and helped organize ACTT's 4th of July parade entry.
Thanks to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for their generous support of our Solarize MDI program and for offering special solar financing for new projects. Click the logo above for more information.
Do you enjoy passionate discussions about clean energy, local food systems, zero waste, public policy, new transportation?
Join one of our six committees to help create the future that you envision for your family, your grandchildren, and future generations.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help us reduce our carbon footprint on Mount Desert Island.
Climate Change Action is happening all around the world! Click here to read some Positive News!
Host Ron Beard discusses ACTT's vision of “energy independence by 2030" with Gary Friedmann, Chair, ACTT Advisory Board, and Joe Blotnick, ACTT Coordinator. Anna Demeo, COA's Director of Energy Education and Management, calls in from the roof of Skip's Auto in Southwest Harbor while helping students install new solar panels. May 12, 2017
Check Out the Solar Potential of Your home
Click above to view the solar potential of your home or business on MDI. The above solar assessment web app was developed by COA student Wade Lyman based on simulations of annual solar incidence, including the effects of intermittent shading from adjacent topography, structures and trees throughout the year. This allowed for relatively precise, high resolution estimations of solar technology performance on every roof. It serves only as a first step in evaluating your site.