Patrick Administration to hold 'Summer Solstice Solar Tour' to Highlight Partnerships in Converting Landfills into Solar Farms

On Friday, June 20, 2014 – one of the longest days of the year – Patrick Administration environmental and energy officials will embark on a “Summer Solstice Solar Tour” stretching from Chatham on Cape Cod to Pittsfield in the Berkshires to highlight the Commonwealth’s local partnerships that convert environmental liabilities into solar farms and renewable energy facilities.

Mayor Bianchi is pleased to inform everyone that, “The Solar Tour will culminate with a special sunset event right here in Pittsfield.  The tour, which will end in Pittsfield, will come to the Wastewater Treatment Plant [901 Holmes Rd.] to view the solar array. I am proud that, in Pittsfield, we are able to provide innovative energy options. I am also pleased that Governor Patrick chose Pittsfield as the location for the last, sunset stop.”

Everyone is welcome to come at 4:45 to welcome Commissioner Cash, and encouraged to attend the Wastewater Treatment Plant at 8:15 to celebrate the last sunset before the summer solstice on June 20th.

The Solar Tour will start with the sunrise at 5:07 a.m. in Chatham, followed by solar events and tours in Barnstable, Brockton/Pembroke, Worcester, Easthampton and ending in Pittsfield with the sun setting. The Summer Solstice officially occurs at 6:38 a.m. on Saturday.

What:    Summer Solstice Solar Tour to highlight solar power installations
When:   Friday, June 20, 2014, from sunrise at 5:07 a.m. to sunset at 8:26 p.m.
Who:     Commissioner David W. Cash of the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental
                Commissioner Mark Sylvia of the Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources
                Local officials and solar power contractors and designers

                Stop #1: 5:07 a.m. – Chatham Landfill, 97 Sam Ryder Road, Chatham
                Stop #2: 6:15 a.m. – Barnstable Wastewater Treatment Plant, 617 Bearse’s Way, Hyannis
                Stop #3: 9:15 a.m. – Brockton Water Treatment Plant, 1 Cinder Road, Pembroke
                Stop #4: 11:30 a.m. – Mass. Audubon, Broad Meadow Brook, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester
                Stop #5: 2:30 p.m. – Easthampton Landfill, Oliver Street, Easthampton
                Stop #6: 4:45 p.m. – Pittsfield Wastewater Treatment Plant, 901 Holmes Rd., Pittsfield
                Stop #7: 8:15 p.m. Sunset (8:28)- Pittsfield Wastewater Treatment:  Gather for a special summer
                                                         solstice sunset event

Media invited to cover one or all of the stops along the Summer Solstice Solar Tour. For more information, contact Press Secretary Ed Coletta at 617-292-5737 or (cell) 617-797-2683.