Thanks to the people of Wayland, Solarize Massachusetts was a resounding success this year.
The group purchasing program, which helps to make solar more affordable, is a joint venture of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources was launched in 17 communities across the state this year. The program generated 803 solar contracts signed statewide representing 5.1 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. In Wayland, residents and businesses have contracted 658.1 kilowatts of new solar, saving hundreds of dollars annually on their electric bills.
The program’s local volunteer coordinator, Kaat Vander Straeten, was key to this success. Dan Bennett’s support was also invaluable to this effort, bridging the gap between state agencies and municipal officials and Wayland residents.
We simply could not have seen these results without the hard work of volunteers, advocates and municipal leaders on the ground in Wayland. Thanks to its leadership, Wayland will pave the way towards a cleaner energy future for the next generation.
Alicia Barton McDevitt
CEO and Executive Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center