Patrick Administration Celebrates New SolarCity Facility in Pembroke
PEMBROKE – Friday, May 23, 2014 – Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan today joined solar industry representatives to celebrate the opening of SolarCity’s new facility, expanding the California-based company’s operations in Massachusetts, which already includes a facility in Marlborough.
SolarCity has posted more than 60 job openings for the Pembroke facility, which is a new 7,500 square-foot operations center. In May 2012, SolarCity opened its Marlborough facility with 50 employees and now employs 120 people in Massachusetts. The company has installed a total of 1,700 systems in 206 communities across Massachusetts.
“This facility is a brick and mortar example of how our programs are producing real results in terms of jobs and market growth,” said Secretary Sullivan. “This facility not only marks the progress of clean energy deployment in Massachusetts, but it emphasizes the growth of the clean energy economy in the Commonwealth.”
There has been steady job growth in the Massachusetts clean energy industry, with an 11.8 percent increase last year alone. More than 80,000 workers are employed by 5,500 firms in the clean energy industry and 8,400 workers spend 50 percent or more of their time on solar work.
Governor Patrick and the state legislature have championed the growth of the solar industry in Massachusetts. The passing of the Green Communities Act, the Global Warming Solutions Act and the Green Jobs Act in 2008 set the framework for Massachusetts energy policies that have helped to spur the rapid growth in the Massachusetts solar marketplace.
There were more than 227 megawatts of solar power installed in Massachusetts last year alone – ranking the Commonwealth No. 4 last year in total capacity added. There was more solar capacity installed in 2013 than in all previous years combined. Statewide there are 496 megawatts of installed solar capacity, enough to power 75,500 average homes annually.
In 2013, Massachusetts met Governor Patrick’s goal of 250 megawatts by 2017, four years early. He set a new goal of 1,600 MW of solar installed by 2020 and the Administration has put into place new rules to extend the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard Solar Carve-Out Program (SREC II) to help the Commonwealth achieve the new goal.
“Today’s announcement shows that with the right policies in place, solar and the entire clean energy industry can succeed in the Commonwealth,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia. “Governor Patrick’s vision has resulted in a thriving clean energy sector that will only continue to grow.”
“Massachusetts is the perfect home to clean energy companies because of our active marketplace and talented workforce,” said Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton. “This facility is proof positive that our clean energy industry is vibrant and growing.”
"The clean energy economy is growing and creating jobs here in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick and his administration, particularly Secretary Sullivan, along with the state legislature have taken the right steps to ensure a healthy, sustainable solar industry that works," said Leon Keshishian, SolarCity's Northeast Regional Vice President.
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