Solar in the 8th Middlesex District with Representative Carolyn Dykema
SEBANE’s second legislative solar tour of the year went smoothly on Monday, April 1 as Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston, TUE Vice Chair) met with leaders in the Hopkinton School District, Chief Michael Cassidy of the Holliston Fire Department, and representatives from SEBANE member companies BlueHub Capital, Borrego Solar, Key Solar, and Solect Energy.
Solar installers and customers in the 8th Middlesex district met with Representative Dykema to discuss their experiences going solar and the benefits solar has provided for public services in both Hopkinton and Holliston.
“Massachusetts has become a national leader in solar by developing programs and policies that meet the needs of our cities and towns while increasing our adoption of clean energy statewide,” said Representative Dykema. “I’m proud to represent communities where municipalities and businesses are working together to lead the way in the fight against climate change.”
The tour stopped first at the Holliston Fire Station, where Representative Dykema was able to talk with Brian Herr of Solect Energy and Fire Chief Michael Cassidy about their partnership. The fire department was “delighted to show off our new rooftop solar installation to a member of the legislative delegation who has always supported our initiatives,” said Chief Cassidy. “[We] hope that other municipal departments can follow our example by adopting this technology in the future.”
The tour continued with two stops at Hopkinton schools, where many leaders from the town and the school district came out to share their experiences with Representative Dykema. Those present included Tim Persson, Director of Buildings and Grounds; Susan Rothermich, Director of Finance and Operations; Lauren Dubeau, Principal of Marathon Elementary; Alan Keller, Principal of Hopkinton Middle School; Evan Bishop, Principal of Hopkinton High School; and Carol Cavanaugh, Superintendent.
“I was encouraged with the discussions as they touched on the benefits the school has received from our work and the plans being put in motion to bring even more solar to the school and town,” said Kevin Price, Managing Partner at Key Solar, the installer of the Marathon Elementary solar array. “I appreciated the opportunity to impress upon Representative Dykema the importance of the legislature’s support in streamlining the regulatory process for solar so that this vital sector of the Commonwealth’s economy can continue to thrive.”
The installation for Hopkinton High and Middle School was done by Borrego Solar in 2009. The project is now managed by BlueHub Capital. Representatives from both SEBANE member companies were present to explain how the project offsets energy costs for the school district. SEBANE is very grateful to all our member companies who proudly showcased their projects during this tour.
“Our tour of solar installations in Holliston and Hopkinton presented an excellent opportunity for members of the solar community to get to know Representative Dykema,” said Nick d’Arbeloff, SEBANE Vice President and Policy Chair who acted as tour guide for the day. “And, for her to hear directly from those who’ve gone solar about their motivations and concerns.”
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. Read about past tours here.