FAIRFIELD — Kennebec Valley Council of Governments will partner with the Natural Resource Council of Maine, Nexamp Solar Solutions and the Solar Energy Association of Maine to offer a free interactive session on the future of municipal and residential solar energy in Maine, according to a news release from KVCOG.

Solar Energy: How Will it Impact Our Future? will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at KVCOG, 17 Main St. The free interactive session, will include a question and answer period, and lunch will provided.

The speakers will include: Ben Axelman ,of Nexamp; Sadie Lloyd Mudge, board member with Solar Energy Association of Maine; and Sophie Janeway with the National Resources Council of Maine.

Axelman is a solar development manager with Nexamp, a full-service solar energy company based in Boston, Massachusetts. In that role, he is responsible for bringing rooftop and ground-mounted solar projects through all stages of the development cycle, including site origination, permitting, interconnection, financing and construction. He has been at Nexamp for six years, and in that time has overseen the development of roughly 30 megawatts of solar capacity over 15 sites. Prior to joining Nexamp, Axelman spent five years developing wind and solar projects at Citizens Energy Corporation, a non-profit energy company. He grew up in Norridgewock, and holds a bachelor of arts degree from Tufts University.

Mudge is a leading municipal energy planner in Maine based in the Midcoast. Her work has focused largely on solar development over the last five years, including the installation of the first solar array on a landfill in Maine. She regularly advises municipalities in their pursuit of solar and serves on the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Association of Maine.

Janeway is the Climate and Clean Energy Outreach coordinator at Natural Resources Council of Maine where she engages and educates Maine people interested in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation options, and climate solutions. She has been working with many people over several years to pass state level renewable energy legislation which benefits municipalities and residents alike.

Reservations are required by Jan. 13 by emailing Cary Tyson, director of community and economic development, at [email protected].

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