, Newburyport, MA

December 7, 2012

Port's solar project a resounding success

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the Editor:

Thanks to the people of Newburyport, Solarize Massachusetts was a resounding success this year.

The group purchasing program, which helps to make solar more affordable, is a joint venture of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources launched in 17 communities across the state this year. The program generated 803 solar contracts signed statewide representing 5.1 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. In Newburyport, residents and businesses have contracted 423.1 kilowatts of new solar, saving hundreds of dollars annually on their electric bills.

The program’s local volunteer coordinators, Jill Haley Murphy and Brendan Heyck, were key to this success. Molly Ettenborough’s support was also invaluable to this effort, bridging the gap between state agencies and municipal officials and Newburyport residents.

We simply could not have seen these results without the hard work of volunteers, advocates and municipal leaders on the ground in Newburyport. Thanks to its leadership, Newburyport will pave the way towards a cleaner energy future for the next generation.

Alicia Barton McDevitt

CEO and Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center