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U.S. Senate hopeful visits Sandri


Recorder Staff

GREENFIELD — Setti Warren, democratic candidate for U.S. senate, met with Sandri Companies executives to learn about the company’s ventures into the r e n ewa b l e resource market and see the energy provider’s newly installed solar array.

Wa r r e n was elected mayor of Newton in 2009, and announced his senatorial campaign Monday. He was appointed as the New England director of FEMA in 2000, and served as special assistant to the office of cabinet affairs for the Clinton administration. He is a lifelong resident of Newton, and lives with his wife and daughter in the house in which he grew up.

Warren was in Greenfield Thursday as part of a threeday tour, which included stops on the south coast, Worcester, Springfield, Belchertown and Pittsfield.

Jake Goodyear, Sandri’s vice president of renewable energy, explained how the company’s expansion into the renewable energy market benefits its customers, the environment, and the regional economy.

“About three years ago, our president, Timothy Van Epps, began to take the company in the direction of renewable energy,” he said. He told Warren how the region’s extensive biomass resources create a relationship that benefits suppliers, customers, and other aspects of the local economy.

Sandri now installs solar electric and hot water systems, pellet stoves and central woodpellet heating systems, and clean-burn waste oil furnaces. The company also delivers pellet fuel manufactured by New England Wood Pellet, of Jaffrey, N.H.

“I think it’s wonderful for the energy industry, the economy, and the creation of jobs,” said Warren. “Massachusetts is well positioned to continue its leadership in renewable energy jobs and technologies.” Sandri has also been working on several renewable energy projects funded by a $3.2 million grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. These include the installation of a high-efficiency wood-pellet boiler at the Greenfield Fire Station, which Warren toured after his visit to Sandri.

“Our solar array generates 50 kilowatts,” said Goodyear. “We estimate a yearly output of 60,000 kilowatt-hours, enough to cover about a third of the energy consumption at our (Chapman Street) facility.”

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