Workers install solar panels on LaGuardia Airport in New York in this November 2021 file photo. Credit: Mary Altaffer / AP

Darling’s Auto recently announced a plan to adopt solar power at some of its dealership locations in a push toward more sustainable energy.

The auto dealership will be transitioning to clean energy at its Bangor, Brewer and Ellsworth locations, the Ellsworth American reported.

Construction on a 1.4-megawatt solar array has already started at its 29 Wiswell Road location in Brewer, and the installation is expected to be finished by this summer. The solar array will allow the company to offset about 1,670,900 pounds of carbon annually, according to the Ellsworth newspaper.

“We’ve also implemented eco-friendly lighting sources across all of our dealerships, and we participate in zero-sort recycling programs. There are future plans as well that will help us move closer to our sustainability goals,” said Kevin Tesseo, vice president of operations.

Currently, no plans have been announced to implement solar arrays at its Augusta and Brunswick locations.

Solar arrays have gained traction across the state, with a number of communities seeking new installation permits. However, some towns have sought to put moratoriums on solar development, with residents wary of overdevelopment and the long-term effects of installations.

Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.