Extraordinary Opportunity for Motivated Change Maker!

Solar Project Coordinator, A Climate To Thrive

Mount Desert Island, Maine, August 2019

Legislation recently signed by Governor Mills unleashes the potential for a rapid expansion of solar energy in Maine. A Climate to Thrive (ACTT) will leverage our experience bringing solar to individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities and with landfills and solar farms to take solar energy to the next level on MDI to meet our goal of energy independence and serve as an example for the entire state of Maine.

Project Objectives:

  • Supercharge collaborative community efforts to implement solar solutions by taking immediate advantage of new solar legislation.

  • Power all schools and municipal facilities with PVs by 2023.

  • Educate residents on the benefits of solar energy: pricing, financing and special opportunities for low to moderate-income households.

  • Reconfigure and revitalize Solarize MDI (primarily as an outreach, educational and marketing program) to reach all island residents and businesses.

  • Catalyze construction of solar farms (now with unlimited numbers of subscribers) to power residences, businesses and nonprofits.

  • Promote use of rooftops of large commercial buildings for solar farms.

  • Pass a solar ordinance in Bar Harbor to permit stand-alone arrays at locations such as the Town-owned Higgins Pit, the 40-acre Town Hill lot slated for transfer from ANP to the Town, and other appropriate sites.

  • Encourage local PV installation startups through existing business incubators.

  • Support solar installer training for students and adults through Hancock County Technical Center and Eastern Maine Community College.

  • Explore viability of grid-scale solar arrays to power MDI.

  • Demonstrate (initially in limited neighborhoods) smart micro-grid technology with battery backup to move MDI towards energy independence.

  • Double solar generating capacity on MDI by 2020 and again in 2021.

Contract Position Description:

Full-time position, paying $30/hour on an independent contractor basis. There are no paid benefits, sick leave or vacation time. The Solar Project Coordinator is responsible for determining the hours and days worked to achieve the tasks and objectives assigned by the Board of Directors and Alternative Energy Committee, but the Coordinator must be available to easily interact with community members and collaborators. The Coordinator will supply personal office space and equipment, and be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses for which receipts are provided

Thirty hours a week will be spent on the solar project and ten hours a week will be dedicated to general ACTT support, including but not limited to:

  • Developing and sending a monthly newsletter

  • Maintaining a social media presence

  • Maintaining general outreach and correspondence

  • Supporting fundraising efforts as-needed

  • Supporting other ACTT projects as-needed

The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, a good sense of humor, enjoy working with volunteers, a Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of related professional experience. The ideal applicant will have:

  • experience working with nonprofits and marketing;

  • knowledge about renewable energy sources and experience with solar energy;

  • working knowledge of Mount Desert Island’s communities.

About A Climate To Thrive

Started in 2015 to boldly tackle climate change, ACTT is a coalition of local citizens, businesses, and nonprofit organizations working to make MDI a leader in environmental sustainability. Decentralized, local energy solutions will reduce pollution, create new businesses, generate year-round jobs that pay a living wage, and strengthen our communities.

Submit a cover letter and resume to:

Johannah Blackman, Board Chair

A Climate to Thrive

P.O. Box 75

Mount Desert, ME 04660




Application Deadline: Monday, August 12, 2019

Starting Date: September 1, 2019