What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?

As a father and a lifelong environmentalist, I’m deeply worried about the future of the planet and the social inequities that are aggravated by climate change. Expanding the number of solar energy systems in the United States is an essential part of our strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the severity of climate change while also creating jobs, strengthening local economies, and improving air quality for all.


What impact do you feel the SolSmart program and you as an Advisor will have on the communities with which you will work?

The communities I’m working with have already done great work with energy efficiency and renewable energy. SolSmart provides extra support to accelerate their progress individually and as a region. I expect my technical skills and experience with public engagement to be useful.


What aspects of your work plan are you most excited about?

I am excited to be in a position to establish lasting working relationships across the region that will ensure expansion of distributed energy generation long after the SolSmart project wraps up.


What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I expect to help municipal leaders reduce economic and technical barriers to PV, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the solar energy industry and how it can best respond to customer demands.

About Rick

Rick Minard is an Advisor to the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments in Massachusetts, including Lowell, Chelmsford, Dracut, Pepperell, Tewksbury, and Tyngsborough.