For Immediate Release - July 15, 2014

Governor Patrick Visits First Wind, Celebrates Growth in the Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry

BOSTON – Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today visited First Wind’s headquarters and celebrated the clean energy company’s successes in the solar and wind industries. First Wind is the largest independent renewable energy developer in New England.

“First Wind is a great partner in our growing clean energy industry,” said Governor Patrick. “They are living proof that we can both grow jobs and protect our environment by investing in a clean energy future.”

Governor Patrick met with company CEO Paul Gaynor and talked with First Wind employees about the growth of the clean energy industry in Massachusetts.

"Governor Patrick's policies have enabled First Wind, and the clean energy industry as a whole, to thrive in Massachusetts and be national leaders," said Gaynor. "This Administration believes in strategic investments in innovation and infrastructure, and we are happy to work with the Governor to take control of our energy future, instead of leaving it to chance."

First Wind is one of more than 5,500 clean energy companies in the Commonwealth, employing nearly 80,000 workers. The cleantech industry in Massachusetts has grown 11.8 percent in the last year, 24 percent in the last two years.

First Wind started with 15 employees in Massachusetts in 2007 and has grown to employ 72 in the Commonwealth, and more than 200 nationwide. It operates six utility-scale wind projects in New England. Last month, it celebrated the completion of its first Massachusetts-based solar project in Warren.

The Patrick Administration’s aggressive clean energy initiatives have made Massachusetts a leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy and emissions reductions. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has named Massachusetts number one three years running. Governor Patrick has set a new solar goal after reaching the previous goal of 250 megawatts four years early. The Commonwealth now aims to install 1,600 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020. The Patrick Administration also aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020. Greenhouse gas emissions are down 16 percent from 1990.