Solar in the First Essex and Middlesex District with State Senator Bruce Tarr
SEBANE’s sixth Solar Tour brought Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and SEBANE member companies together with local leaders, business owners, and homeowners to discuss how solar benefits the First Essex and Middlesex District.
Led by SEBANE Director and Policy Committee member Eric Krathwohl, the tour took place on Friday, August 9 in Gloucester and Rockport, MA. SEBANE’s goal across the 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.
“Advancing the development and use of solar energy helps address a number of crucial concerns for all of us in Massachusetts - responsible stewardship of our natural resources, greater energy Independence, and support for local communities and economies,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr. “Across the state, and in the region, more and more people are committing to solar and I am pleased to do my part to support public policies that move us forward toward a cleaner energy future.”
First, the tour stopped at a 12.8 KW install by Cazeault Solar and Home for Vadala Real Estate and Dr. Samiei, DMD, who jointly invested in a system that features 40 LG 320 W all black panels with a Solar Edge optimizer system. Sefatia Romeo Theken, Mayor of Gloucester, joined the tour at this stop.
Dr. Samiei was unavailable for the tour, but Peter Vadala explained to Senator Tarr that he originally wanted to invest in a larger system. Due to the net metering cap, however, Vadala’s choices were limited. Vadala explained that he also looked into the cost of upgrading to a 3 phase system, but there was no 3 phase service available on the street.
The tour then stopped at to the Home of Aaron and Alyssa Teixeira, who invested in a similar system. During the visit, Teixeira explained to Senator Tarr that they also experienced net metering restrictions when deciding to go solar.
The third and final stop of the tour took place at an install by ReVision Energy for Mason Browne, another local homeowner. The roof of Browne’s house was designed to fit enough panels to offset the whole house’s electric load, including the heating and cooling systems. Browne himself was involved with the design of the whole house to ensure it met as many environmental regulations as possible.
SEBANE extends its thanks to Senator Tarr and Mayor Theken for participating 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 email@example.com to find out about upcoming tours and get involved.