Easton Solar Array Project
A little over three years ago, Nexamp, a clean energy company, had three employees and a lot of interest in making its mark on the solar industry in Massachusetts.

Today, Nexamp has 62 employees thanks in large part to a stimulus-funded contract to install 13 solar array projects across the state totaling 4.1 MegaWatts of solar installation.

"Stimulus is keeping the solar industry thriving," says Will Thompson, Nexamp's senior vice president in charge of construction.

Nexamp was founded by Dan Leary, a former Army captain, in his garage. He

Jeffrey Simon and Will Thompson at the Easton Solar Array Project
was soon joined by Thompson, who was also a captain in the army and another employee. The company grew slowly but once it secured the stimulus contract -- the largest solar procurement in the Commonwealth's history - its growth rate exploded.

"It's great we can give these jobs to all these people," says Thompson. "We are supporting 62 people and their families. These are very qualified people and they could not get jobs."

Thompson also likes the fact that those jobs mean that his company can provide solar energy to towns and cities in Massachusetts. "We are proud to provide these arrays, give back to the taxpayers, give to the local economy and stimulate our business."

One of the company's smaller projects in Easton, involves a 49.6 kilowatt system

Easton Solar Array Project at work
that will generate an annual savings of approximately $7,800 a year. Nexamp will install solar systems in 11 other locations across the state such as Barnstable, Chelmsford, Pittsfield, Townsend and Worcester.

For Eric Aubrey, Nexamp's operations manager, all this stimulus-funded activity means he now has a job. Nearly a year ago, Aubrey was laid off from his job at Turner Construction when a project for Harvard University fell apart. Now he is not only working in a company that he loves but he is also doing a job that he feels is meaningful.

"This job is something I can believe in, which is really great," he says.

Thompson agrees. "When I hear people say jobs aren't being created in green energy, I know it's not true," he says. "We are getting people back to work."

See Thompson discus the impact of the stimulus-funded solar energy projects on his company and on the solar industry: