Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on March 10.
Local residents will now have access to solar energy professionals in the Nashoba Valley with the arrival of Vision Solar.
Based in Philadelphia, the full-service renewable energy company opened its first Massachusetts office on Ayer Road Friday morning. The company was welcome by members of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Harvard and state business officials.
Christopher Ryan, Harvard’s director of community and economic development, spoke about Vision Solar as a means to have more companies establish themselves in town.
“I think it’s a beginning point for us to be able to attract high-end, well-respected companies,” he explained. “Right now our commercial district is wanting for tenants and it’s very difficult for them to get here because of wastewater requirements and our zoning. It’s very difficult to get any kind of business here. This proves we can do it.”
Vision Solar both designs and installs solar panel collections on residential properties, allowing homeowners to cut their electric bills by 30 percent. The company has offices in Arizona, New Jersey and Florida with 200 employees on board. Over 400 more employees are expected to join Vision Solar by the end of the year, with opportunities to become sales representatives, technicians and installers. The company expects to make $200 million in annual sales with new business in Massachusetts.
Jonathan Seibert, CEO of Vision Solar, said that the company also opened a warehouse in Hudson and plans to have 50 employees maintaining equipment while 100 employees would work out of the office. Seibert, an electrician by trade who was worked in solar energy for 11 years, said Vision has signed up 30 new customers since it launched its services in Massachusetts at the beginning of the month.
Seibert said he wanted to have an office in Harvard because of its central location in eastern Massachusetts
“We want to open two offices: one in western Massachusetts and one in eastern Massachusetts,” he explained. “This one is located in the center of eastern Massachusetts so it hits all the major highways and local areas we can provide service to.”
This is not the first time a solar company has planted its flag in the Nashoba Valley, as Evergreen Solar had a solar-panel manufacturing plant built on Barnum Road in Devens. First opened in 2008, the plant closed down just three years later after the market crashed.
Seibert pointed out Vision Solar has a different business model than Evergreen Solar and noted various state incentives present that makes the solar energy industry a “lucrative market.”
“The rising cost of electricity in Massachusetts is one of the highest in the nation, so that’s why it makes a good market to offer our customers this level of comfort knowing what their power bill is going to be through renewable energy,” he explained.
Michael Eden, Vision Solar’s chief revenue officer, noted how many people today want an energy alternative that both saves them money and protects the environment.
“It is the future, ultimately, going green, whether that be windmills or solar panels or other things of that nature,” he explained. “That’s very important for people. More importantly, they care about saving money right now. It’s tough times for everybody so even if it’s saving 20, 40 or 50 dollars a month, that goes a long way for people.”
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