For Immediate Release - March 21, 2014

Patrick Administration Energy Officials Highlight Massachusetts Clean Energy Company Doing Business in Mexico

Massachusetts Clean Energy Company Doing Business in Mexico

(Caption: Sec. Sullivan, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia and Digital Lumens’ Tom Pincince with Hector Aranda Sala, Octavio Pardo and Samuel Meza Cortex of Frisala.)

Cuautitlan, Mexico – Friday, March 21, 2014 – Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton, and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia yesterday toured the installation of a Massachusetts company’s energy-efficient lighting system in a Mexican food distribution facility to promote the Commonwealth’s growing clean energy sector as part of a three-day trade mission to Mexico led by Governor Deval Patrick.

“Lasting growth in the 21st century global economy will come from our competitiveness in global markets and opening up Massachusetts to the markets where we share strengths,” said Governor Patrick. “The leaders in business and government and venture capitalists of Latin America’s growth centers are eager to collaborate with us because they recognize that Massachusetts is an innovation hub with a disciplined strategy for growth.”

Representatives of Boston-based Digital Lumens traveled to Mexico as part of the trade mission to mark its new partnership with Frisala, an industry leader in the storage and distribution of chilled and frozen products across Mexico. Frisala has deployed Digital Lumens’ Intelligent LED Lighting System technology across 10 facilities and nearly one million square feet of space as part of its company-wide commitment to sustainable business practices.

“It’s exciting to see Massachusetts companies expanding their business on the world stage," said Secretary Sullivan. “These cost-saving technologies developed in Massachusetts and deployed in Mexico stimulate both economies, while helping us realize our mutual goals of a cleaner environment.”

"The clean energy sector in Massachusetts is booming, with 80,000 workers employed this year,” said Barton. “Expanding into foreign countries like Mexico will allow these businesses to grow even more, while solidifying Massachusetts as a leader in the global clean energy field.”

“Clean energy technology and capabilities, boosted by Massachusetts policy, incentives and brain power, are making workplaces more comfortable, attractive, and efficient across the globe,” said Commissioner Sylvia. “Demand is growing and the Commonwealth’s skilled workforce and innovative companies, like Digital Lumens, are ready to meet and exceed that demand.”

Governor Deval Patrick is leading an innovation mission to Panama and Mexico City from March 17, 2014 - March 22, 2014 with Massachusetts leaders in government and business to focus on strengthening existing relationships and building new ones with the emerging innovation economies of Panama City and Mexico City.

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