To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Thanks to the people of Lee and Williamstown, the first round of the Patrick administration’s Solarize Massachusetts program was a resounding success.

The group purchasing program, which helps to make solar more affordable, is a joint venture of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources launched in 10 communities across the state last year. The program generated 551 solar contracts signed statewide representing 3.8 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. In Lee and Williamstown, residents and businesses have contracted 853 kilowatts of new solar, saving hundreds of dollars annually on their electric bills.

The towns’ local volunteer teams led by, Roger Scheurer in Lee and Jake Laughner in Williamstown, were key to this success. The support of Lee town administrator Bob Nason and Williamstown’s assistant assessor, Jason McNair, was also invaluable, bridging the gap between state agencies and municipal officials and residents.

We could not have seen these results without the hard work of volunteers, advocates and municipal leaders in Lee and Williamstown. Thanks to its leadership, these two towns will pave the way towards a cleaner energy future for the next generation.

ALICIA BARTON

MARK SYLVIA

Boston

Alicia Barton is CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and Mark Sylvia is Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.