Solar in the First Barnstable District with Representative Tim Whelan

SEBANE completed our fourth legislative solar tour with State Representative Tim Whelan (R-Brewster) and member companies Solar Flair Energy, E2 Solar, and My Generation Energy.

Solar installers and customers in the First Barnstable district met with Representative Whelan on Monday, May 13 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.

“It was a great opportunity to talk about the environmental and economic benefits of solar,” said Representative Whelan, quoted in the Cape Cod Times.

Mark Sylvia, Representative Whelan, and members from Solar Flair at Ray Hebert’s installation.

Mark Sylvia, Representative Whelan, and members from Solar Flair at Ray Hebert’s installation.

The Solar Flair team, represented by Jeff Constantine, and Ray Hebert, the owner of Stage Stop Candy Store, welcomed Representative Whelan at the first stop of the tour. Stage Stop Candy Store is a well-known local business, whose artisan chocolates are powered by a 32kW PV system. Although Ray Hebert recently sold the business, he explained that the solar panels he owns still provide power to the new owner of the candy shop.

Next, the tour visited the E2 Solar team, represented by Jeff Schwartz, at their residential installation for John and Kate Ohman. The E2 Solar offices are also located in Representative Whelan’s district, and feature an old home that’s now 100% electric with EV charging and 5kW of PV.

“It was wonderful to meet with the Ohman's, Representative Whelan, and Mark Sylvia of SEBANE, all such enthusiastic supporters of solar,” said Jeff Schwartz of E2 Solar. “We had some great conversations about how to get more solar into our communities. Thank you to SEBANE for this opportunity.”

Mark Sylvia, Representative Whelan, and members from My Generation Energy at the Brewster Community Solar Garden.

Mark Sylvia, Representative Whelan, and members from My Generation Energy at the Brewster Community Solar Garden.

Lastly, Representative Whelan stopped by the Brewster Community Solar Garden, installed by My Generation Energy. There, Luke Hinkle and Desiree Moyer explained how the cooperative organization came together between Brewster residents and businesses who wanted to achieve energy independence.

Many thanks are in order for the solar businesses and customers in the First Barnstable district for opening their installations to Representative Whelan. They successfully shared their positive solar stories and answered the Representative’s questions about their experiences.

Above all, “SEBANE is very grateful to Representative Whelan for taking the time to meet with constituents and listen to their experiences with going solar,” said SEBANE President Mark Sylvia, who served as the solar tour guide. “These are residents of the Commonwealth who are saving money, helping to create local jobs, and improving the environment.”

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.

 

Susan Howe