Community members, students and solar supporters gathered Wednesday evening for a tour of the Belfast Pitcher Road solar array — the first municipal solar project in Maine to be built on a former landfill.

Belfast City Planner Sadie Lloyd, ReVision Energy's Hans Albee, and Beth Ahearn, political director of Maine Conservation Voters, an environmental lobbying group, all spoke at the event.

The Pitcher Road array, which is now close to 3 years old, puts out approximately 400 amps, or roughly powers about 16 homes a year, according to Albee. When asked about required maintenance, he said, "Cutting the grass.

"Solar photovoltaic technology is cost-effective, rapidly scalable, and a key tool in reducing our region’s reliance on fossil fuels,” Albee said.

On the horizon, Albee said ReVision will pioneer using drones to do site evaluations, which, he said, "is pretty exciting."

Lloyd spoke about what the array does for Belfast. "By the end of 2018, the city of Belfast will have the most municipal-owned solar of any city or town in the state, and will be offsetting nearly 90 percent of the municipal electric load."

Environmentalist Ahearn praised the city's efforts. "Maine Conservation Voters applauds Belfast for leading the way on municipal owned solar," she said.

"This town is proving that solar energy can reduce the municipal budget as well as their dependence on fossil fuel. This means that the air we breathe is cleaner and better for our health. We hope that other towns across Maine will be inspired by this example.”