'Conservation Day' highlights future of solar power in Maine


AUGUSTA (WGME) -- A day to honor conservation is shedding light on a battle over the future of solar power in Maine.

Thursday was the first annual "Conservation Day" at the state house. With a lot of energy focused on a disputed plan to greatly increase the amount of solar power in use in Maine.

Environmental groups say a compromise plan, supported by power companies, could create hundreds of jobs, help the environment and save customers money who install solar panels.

Gov. LePage and some republicans want the plan changed, saying they don't want ratepayers on the hook if solar energy production falls short of projections.

Supporters insist that claim is wrong.

Environmental groups are also lobbying for support for a national monument in Maine's north woods on donated land.

Lawmakers are currently debating a bill that would block any such effort.

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