Solar in the Middlesex & Worcester District

“Circle Furniture uses its rooftop solar capability to save money while building a cohesive message around its commitment to sustainability across every facet of the business,” said Keith Hevenor.

“Circle Furniture uses its rooftop solar capability to save money while building a cohesive message around its commitment to sustainability across every facet of the business,” said Keith Hevenor.

SEBANE’s third solar tour brought legislators and member companies together for a fun and informative afternoon in the Middlesex and Worcester district.

Led by SEBANE Policy Chair Nick d’Arbeloff and Senator James Eldridge (D-Marlborough), the tour stopped by three local businesses and was accompanied by Representative Tami Gouveia (D-Acton) and Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough). 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.

“SEBANE’s efforts in organizing informative visits to solar sites for lawmakers sets the stage for important conversations and increased awareness of the progress that is being made,” said Keith Hevenor of Nexamp.

The April 12 tour stopped first in Marlborough, at Unicorr Packaging Group. SunBug Solar installed a 574 kW array for this family-owned business in June of 2017. After that, the tour stopped in Ayer, at Moore Lumber and Hardware. This six-generation family-owned business went solar in September of 2018 with a 315 kW array installed by SEBANE member company Sunwealth. The net metering credits generated by the panels installed for Moore Lumber and Hardware provide energy savings to the City of Haverhill.

Lastly, the tour made its way to Circle Furniture in Acton, another local business that benefited from going solar with SEBANE member company Nexamp in December of 2014.

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 “Though Massachusetts is seen as one of the national leaders in renewable energy policy, there is still much work to be done, said Keith Hevenor of Nexamp. “The SMART program is moving us toward our goals for solar power, with leaders such as Senator Eldridge championing the adoption of solar as a path to economic growth and energy resilience...For Nexamp, hosting Senator Eldridge and Representative Gouveia at Circle Furniture provided an opportunity to demonstrate how solar can positively impact a business in both a financial and social way...The event enabled both the Senator and Representative to see firsthand how solar makes a difference for customers around the Commonwealth.”

SEBANE extends its thanks to the legislators who participated in this leg of the SEBANE Solar Tours Initiative! Their involvement contributed to a continuing series of tours across Massachusetts in both the State Senate and House of Representatives. Read about past tours here, and contact kaitlin@sebane.org to find out about upcoming tours and get involved.





Susan Howe