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HGRM Gets Even Greener

The Acton-based nonprofit installed more than 100 solar panels on its roof last month.

Ira and Barbara Smith, co-founders of HGRM and Bob Clarke, president of 621 Energy, 'flip the switch' at HGRM last month. Courtesy photo
Ira and Barbara Smith, co-founders of HGRM and Bob Clarke, president of 621 Energy, 'flip the switch' at HGRM last month. Courtesy photo
Already renowned for its recycling efforts, Acton-based nonprofit HGRM has joined the solar energy revolution. 

Last month, HGRM -- Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts -- "flipped the switch" from utility grid power to solar power after installing a 27-kilowatt array, made up of 110 solar panels, on the roof of its showroom. The array is expected to generate 70 percent of the power for the 14,000-sq ft facility, according to a press release. 

In going solar, HGRM teamed up with Acton-based 621 Energy, a firm that builds, owns, operates and services commercial-scale photovoltaic systems. 

“HGRM is so focused on its mission and provides a tremendous benefit to local families in need," 621 Energy President Bob Clarke said in a press release. "It feels good to work with that kind of organization." 

Solar is just one component of HGRM's environmentally conscious efforts. Organization estimates suggest 50,000 pieces of furniture and other household items are kept out of landfills each year due to HGRM's accepting donations of furniture and other items, which are then passed on to families in need. 

“Not only is this good for the environment, but it also provides a cost savings allowing us to put a larger portion of HGRM’s budget directly towards helping those we serve," HGRM President Mimi Rutledge said of the solar installation. "We are so grateful to 621 Energy for financing this project.”    

Jim Snyder-Grant January 15, 2014 at 09:11 PM
I'm so glad this worked out.

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