Solar in the Worcester & Norfolk District with Senator Ryan Fattman

From left to right: Joe Eneh, Mark Sylvia, Brad Stoler, Senator Ryan Fattman with son Grant, and homeowner Robert Johnston with a Sonnen Eco10 Battery Backup System installed by Rayah Solar.

From left to right: Joe Eneh, Mark Sylvia, Brad Stoler, Senator Ryan Fattman with son Grant, and homeowner Robert Johnston with a Sonnen Eco10 Battery Backup System installed by Rayah Solar.

SEBANE is proud to have kicked off our first legislative solar tour in the Blackstone Valley with State Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Webster, Assistant Minority Leader) and member companies Rayah Solar and Mass Renewables.

Solar installers and customers in the Worcester and Norfolk district met with Senator Fattman on Wednesday, March 20 to discuss their motivations for and experiences with going solar, how solar is benefiting the Commonwealth, and how legislators can help the industry overcome some of its current challenges.

Many thanks go to the Rayah team, represented by Brad Stoler and Joe Eneh; the Mass Renewables team, represented by Mike Kelley; and their residential solar plus storage customers in Millville and Mendon for opening their homes to Senator Fattman. They successfully shared their positive solar stories and answered the Senator’s questions about their experiences.

Mike Kelly and Senator Ryan Fattman with son Grant at Mass Renewable’s residential ground-mount install in Mendon.

Mike Kelly and Senator Ryan Fattman with son Grant at Mass Renewable’s residential ground-mount install in Mendon.

“SEBANE is very grateful to Senator Fattman for taking time out of his busy day to meet with constituents that are saving money, helping to create local jobs, and improving the environment by going solar,” said SEBANE President Mark Sylvia, who acted as tour guide on Wednesday. “Senator Fattman was very engaged with the solar customers, installers, and SEBANE on this tour. We appreciated his thoughtful questions and his interest in solar policy in the Commonwealth.”

Due to time constraints, the tour was not able to reach a final stop at BlueWave Solar’s community solar installation for Ameresco in Mendon. This project site doubles as a sheep grazing field, and the Senator looks forward to visiting the location in April.  

SEBANE’s goal across our Solar Tours Initiative is to meet legislators in their districts, share the benefits of solar to their local communities, and tell the stories of solar installers and customers. This tour is part of a continuing series across Massachusetts in both the State Senate and House of Representatives.

Joan Wilson