MaineHealth has reached agreements to purchase power from three solar electric developers in a plan that’s expected to cut the health care system’s annual electric bill by at least $1 million while encouraging the growth of clean-energy generation in Maine.

The 20-year agreements will help support 10 proposed solar farms located from Benton to Saco that would generate enough electricity to equal half the power used by MaineHealth properties. The projects are planned to come online within the next two years.

A not-for-profit integrated health provider and the largest in northern New England, MaineHealth operates nine hospital systems including Maine Medical Center in Portland. The organization said it made the solar decision based on a desire to help reduce its impact on climate change, create

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