When, at the beginning of August, the Solarize Lincoln-Sudbury-Wayland program reached the highest cost-saving tier, the solar coach team decided to go for the megawatt.
Whoever was skeptical back then was proven wrong. On Oct. 5, contract number 107 pushed the program to 1001.75 kW contracted. Lincoln accounts for 27 systems (279 kW), Sudbury for 21 systems (186.75 kW) and Wayland for 59 systems (536 kW).
That it was an ambitious goal is evident from Michelle Waldgeir's reaction. Waldgeir is Astrum Solar's vice president of marketing and she has been working closely with the solar coach team.
“I’ll admit that the first time [the solar coaches] mentioned the number, I wasn’t sure it was going to be possible,” Waldgeir said.
She is full of praise for the solar coach team and the communities of Lincoln, Sudbury and Wayland.
"It didn’t take long for us to realize how committed both they and their communities are to sustainable living and solar energy," she said. "They have truly energized their community to lead the way in the state and created a legacy that will live on well beyond the program."
To date, the Solarize Massachusetts program, which runs in 17 communities, has resulted in 454 systems contracted, for 2928.9 kW.
“I hope the renewable energy leadership of Lincoln, Wayland and Sudbury will inspire residents in this community and beyond to take advantage of this program that not only cuts energy costs, but creates local jobs,” said MassCEC CEO and Executive Director Alicia Barton McDevitt.
Due to this amazing success, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center decided to extend the program by another month. It will come to an end at the end of October.
Astrum Solar is working hard to fit in everyone who has expressed interest.If you did so, but have not heard from them and want to check on the progress of your project, you can contact the Wayland solar coaches, Anne Harris (email@example.com) and Kaat Vander Straeten (firstname.lastname@example.org)