Father-son entrepreneurial duo Chuck and Danny Piper embark upon a new venture this month when they open the Sundog Solar Store, bringing innovative ideas and affordable renewable energy components and systems to Midcoast Maine.

Renewable energy systems can help to lower heating and electric bills and contribute to lowering global carbon output by reducing CO2 levels. Maine has demonstrated an increasing commitment to helping homeowners and small businesses with efficiency and renewable energy projects, with more funding available each year. The Pipers are looking forward to helping homeowners become energy-independent and save money.

Sundog Solar Store is a Maine-owned business and also a member of the USA Solar Store Cooperative. Currently, there are 28 stores operating nationally supporting each other in design, installation and product inquiries. Through this affiliation Sundog Solar Store can offer customers unlimited access to a large inventory of energy-saving systems and products.

Among the products that the store will carry are solar electric systems, a selection of energy-efficient appliances, solar hot water collectors, composting toilets, small wind turbines and many more energy-related items.

The new store has an on-site space for workshops to demonstrate displays and to show firsthand how different systems can be designed for individual homes or businesses.

The public is invited to the grand opening of the Sundog Solar Store on Saturday, March 13 from noon to 4 p.m. to meet the new team of Chuck and Danny Piper and USA Solar Store founder and CEO Dave Bonta. Members of the community will enjoy music, food and fun. Kids are welcome to participate in eco-friendly related arts and crafts and there will be a free workshop at 1 p.m., “Solar Hot Water Systems For Your Home.”

Chuck brings 25 years of experience in sales and marketing to the store. A native of Skowhegan, Chuck has a national certification in solar electricity, which he obtained from the National Accredited Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Danny Piper has spent six years in the construction industry. His commitment to sustainability and renewable energy led him to join his father in opening Sundog Solar Store. He brings a wealth of experience, passion and energy to the team.

Sundog Solar Store is located at 18 East Main St. in Searsport. Store hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday by appointment. For more information call 548-1100, or visit sundogsolarstore.com.