Massachusetts is one of the leaders in US Solar energy adoption, currently ranking 6th among all states in total installed solar capacity. Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM) is excited to be part of that adoption trend. In December of 2013, HGRM flipped the switch from utility grid power to solar power. With the 27-kilowatt array made up of 110 solar panels on the roof of HGRM’s showroom, 70% of the power used by HGRM in its 14,000 square foot facility is expected to be generated from the new solar powered array.
The new system was financed and installed by 621 Energy, an Acton based firm that builds, owns, operates and services commercial-scale solar photovoltaic systems. In addition, they have made a commitment to finance solar installations at smaller nonprofits. Bob Clarke, President of 621 Energy, was inspired to provide the solar powered array to HGRM because, “HGRM is so focused on its mission and provides a tremendous benefit to local families in need. It feels good to work with that kind of organization.”
HGRM’s board “responded positively and worked quickly to get it done by the end of the year,” Bob said. To celebrate the completion of the project, Bob Clarke joined HGRM founders Barbara and Ira Smith, Board president Mimi Rutledge and Executive Director Sharon Martens in “flipping the switch”. Mimi Rutledge, President of HGRM is thrilled with the effort. “Not only is this good for the environment, but it also provides a cost savings allowing us to put a larger portion of HGRM’s budget directly towards helping those we serve. We are so grateful to 621 Energy for financing this project.” HGRM estimates 50,000 pieces of furniture and other items are kept out of landfills each year as donated furniture and household goods are re-purposed for use by families in need.