May 25—This week the Buzz is sipping, clipping and sunning.
First up: A $6 million solar project for Lewiston.
On Monday night, the Planning Board approved a 3.875-megawatt solar array by Taylor Hill Solar for 106 Taylor Hill Road.
The development parent company, Ameresco Inc. of Framingham, Massachusetts, has projects all over the country along with a small number in Maine, a representative told the board.
The 9,568-panel project will sit 2,000 feet from the end of Taylor Hill Road, according to a memo by City Planner Doug Greene, and disturb less than 20 acres on the 126-acre property.
Construction is expected to start in August and take six months.
Some high-profile real estate — 18,000 cars a day pass by directly across from Central Maine Medical Center — is for sale in Lewiston.
The building at 321 Main St. housing Dunkin' has been listed with NAI The Dunham Group for $650,000.
Franchise owner Norm Boulay has been building a new Dunkin' just up the road at 420 Main St. for several months and this winter had been shooting to open that by mid-July.
The building was constructed in 1963 and has 2,401 square feet of retail space, plus storage, according to the listing.
It was one of the first Dunkin's in Maine and believed by the Boulay family in a 2013 interview to be the second-longest running franchise in Dunkin's history.
Rumors were once hot for a Starbucks going there. Now, to just wait and see what brews.
According to a new survey by Reviews.org, 55% of Mainers have cut the cord on their cable TV service, the 14th highest rate in the country.
The U.S. ranged from Idaho at 70% to New Jersey at 28%.
Turns out Maine is in interesting company. From the report:
"You can find the highest percentage of cord-cutters in rural, western states, like Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Even on the East Coast, rural Maine stands out for having a higher percentage of people using streaming services."
Curious about that stat? Mainers spend an average $46.50 a month on streaming services, about $2 less than the U.S. average, according to Reviews.org.