Solaris

  • Solaris
    P.O Box 6849
    600 Riverside St
    Portland, ME 04103
    United States

43.6926059, -70.3252738

Types Of Energy Installed:
solar electric pv, solar hot water thermal, solar pool heating
KW's Installed: 0
Licenses: Gas, oil, plumbing, A/C, and more
In Business Since:
2008
Market:
residential properties, commercial properties, municipal

The first commercial solar water-heating device sold in the US was patented in 1891.   Florida always had many solar water heaters, but until the Arab oil embargo in the 1970’s, low fuel prices allowed Americans burn fossil fuels with few financial consequences.  When we saw our fuel cost rise to rates more equal with Europe, panic sent many people towards solar.

The first commercial solar water-heating device sold in the US was patented in 1891.   Florida always had many solar water heaters, but until the Arab oil embargo in the 1970’s, low fuel prices allowed Americans burn fossil fuels with few financial consequences.  When we saw our fuel cost rise to rates more equal with Europe, panic sent many people towards solar.  A new industry developed along with the normal growth pains of product development.  Along with many quality products, unreliable, under tested components hit the market.   Government tax incentives stimulated a boom.  As energy prices dropped, incentives were discontinued, leaving installers and manufactures stranded.  In the 1980’s Ronald Regan had the solar panels removed from the White House (Unity college in ME has them now, still running) and the solar industry crumbled.  Thankfully for us, the rest of the world, with high fuel prices, marched forward.