Buildings & Energy
To use reduce emissions from the built environment by transitioning to renewable source of electricity, increasing the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, and moving towards electric heating and cooling systems.
Municipal Solar Projects
South Portland will increase the use of solar energy for municipal operations from 12% to 80% over the next several years to accelerate our transition to renewable energy and recognize the potential to save money. Onsite and offsite projects will build upon the existing municipal solar array on the City's capped landfill.
The Energy & Water Use Performance Benchmarking Ordinance adopted by City Council in October 2021 is a significant step towards incorporating sustainable development into the growth of South Portland.
The City of South Portland helped the State develop an energy stretch code for new construction that sets a pathway to net-zero energy buildings by 2030. The City adopted the first stretch code, IECC 2021, which is in effect starting April 2022.
The city met and in fact exceeded its Municipal Climate Action Plan goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from municipal operations 17% by 2017.