Thompson's Point has had three new businesses open this summer and has more in the works as it eyes being Portland's next hub for living and playing. (Portland Phoenix/Elizabeth Clemente)
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Portland concert venue Thompson’s Point will plan with solar company ReVision Energy to implement a rooftop solar array on the pavilion.

The 123-kilowatt array will consist of 308 photovoltaic panels that are expected to generate more than 141,260 kilowatt-hours of clean solar electricity every year, according to a press release. The organization estimates that the project will decrease the venue’s carbon footprint and offset over 138,400 pounds of carbon annually.

“Concerts powered by the sun? Yes, please,” said Lauren Wayne, general manager of State Theatre and Thompson’s Point summer concert series. Wayne added that the venue is “excited and proud to be a part of this huge step in decreasing not only our carbon footprint for our summer series, but helping to decrease the footprint for the touring industry as a whole.”

The installation is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2023 and be completed by the summer.

The 308 solar panels will be arranged on the Depot Pavilion, one of the only remaining pieces of the former St. John Street Union Station, according to the release.

Chris Thompson and Jed Trough, the owners and developers of Thompson’s Point, were excited to partner with the solar company to turn the Depot Pavilion into a “venue powered by the sun.”

“ReVision Energy has been a tenacious trailblazer in the renewables industry for decades, taking the lead in showing Maine how to transition to the sustainable business practices that are increasingly necessary,” Thompson and Troubh said in a press release.

The solar installation is a combined initiative with ReVision Energy, the State Theatre and Norway Savings Bank. 

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