solar pv grid tied home exterior
June 14, 2017

After months of discussion on how to implement responsible solar policy in Maine, state legislators have been left with two options: pass a

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April 22, 2017

When we think of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, it is easy to focus most of our attention on the most visible components of the system - the solar modules.

April 10, 2017

Amish builders in Maine have teamed with a non-Amish business to create a “solar shed”.

BDN Masthead
April 8, 2017

UNITY, Maine ― For Joas Hochstetler, manager of the Amish-owned Backyard Buildings, the idea of manufacturing a shed equipped with solar panels was always in the back of his mind...

portland press herald
March 26, 2017

UNITY — Matt Wagner decided one day to stop by an Amish-run business that builds mostly sheds and some tiny homes.

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March 23, 2017

If a friend in Phoenix was going to buy solar for their home, a pretty common response might be, "They sure get a lot of sun in Phoenix.

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March 15, 2017

Solar modules are pretty magical. The idea that exposing materials to the sun can make electrons move to create an electrical current can be hard to fathom for those of us who...

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March 14, 2017

Over the past decade, a small group of Amish folks has become a well-established part of Unity, Maine.

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July 1, 2015

The following blog post was written by Vaughan Woodruff for Heatspring, an online training company.

February 16, 2015

In the first video of our Heat Pump User Tips series, Matt Wagner of Insource Renewables walks viewers through the process of checking, cleaning, and replacing the air...


  • Vaughan has professionally bridged the gap between being a contractor and being an advocate for Maine homeowners in their mission to save energy. He is not a ‘one size fits all’ in terms of efficiency and many times he has recommended our services over his own when looking at the types of challenges homeowners face when decreasing their carbon footprint.

    Bo Jespersen
    Owner / The Breathable Home
  • Working with the Insource Renewables team was for me not only a satisfying experience but also encouraging about the renewable energy industry itself. These people were well-informed and articulate in their advice and planning on my project.

    They brought the fruits of both long experience with solar design and deep conviction about the importance of renewable energy in today’s world. In follow-up, they have been generous and good-natured in answering questions.

    Phoebe Phelps
    Orland, Maine
  • We contracted Insource Renewables to install a solar heater for our swimming pool and a cluster of home energy improvements. We were very pleased with the expertise, integrity, and work ethic of Vaughan Woodruff and his fine team.

    We were consistently informed of and/or consulted on scheduled activities and events throughout. At every juncture, Vaughan and his team were obviously guided by the principle of doing what is right for the customer.

    We have recommended to our friends and continue to unreservedly recommend Insource Renewables for any energy-related projects.

    Michael Leblanc & Rosalie Williams
    Pittsfield, Maine
  • We are very happy with our new solar panels from Insource Renewables. It’s great that, now, our house is a power generation factory! Vaughan and the rest of the team are excellent, knowledgeable, friendly, proactive. Within 2 days of the start of the project, our meter was running backwards! It’s satisfying to make a small but real change in the severe climate issues that our planet is facing. I’m also really thankful that Vaughan connected us with the Greater Bangor Solarize program, which saved us over $2,000 on our installation! Vaughan provided us with many different options and answered so many questions that we had, until we found the solar project that was right for our family.

    Julie Gosse
    Orono, Maine
  • We discovered Insource Renewables (and Backyard Buildings in Unity) this Spring and were immediately taken with the concept of the “solar shed.” We knew we needed to build or buy a shed for some extra outdoor storage, and I’d always wanted to go solar at our house, so this made perfect sense!

    Matt, Vaughan, and the whole team at Insource were excellent to work with, answered all our questions, and made sure everything came together on this project. We are excited to be building out the inside of our shed while knowing we are making power every day just by having this system in our back yard.

    Great job all!

    Bruce Fitzgerald
    South China, Maine
  • When our heat pump had electrical issues, there are a couple of ways that this event could have gone. Insource could have blamed the manufacturer, basically come back and continued to tweak the unit, or – worse yet – not been terribly responsive overall. I can’t tell you how good and stress free it has felt to know that you guys have put the customer first and have done your absolute best in the matter.
    We are very grateful.
    Steve Podgajny
    Brunswick, Maine