What green will you find at a liquor store?
…we know you’re probably thinking:
- Midori (which, by the way is the Japanese word for green)
- Heineken bottles
- CrÃ¨me de Menthe
and that’s good. But that’s not what we’re thinking.
We’re thinking about the 602-panel solar roof of Luke’s Super Liquors in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts (Cape Cod). We’re thinking about the 182 kW of power it’s capable of generating. And, of course, we’re thinking about the number of projects triggered like this one at Luke’s, especially in the last two years, by government subsidies, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the USA, and worldwide. And we think about the opportunities that abound for the project managers savvy enough to learn the technologies, the language, and the benefits of green energy.
From this article in the Cape Cod Times, we quote:
Solar panels are covering rooftops on schools, homes and businesses, marking a shift not only in how the region gets its energy but also in opportunities for contractors. Since 2002, almost five megawatts of state-subsidized solar power have been planned on the Cape and Islands, most of it in the past two years, according to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
The story goes on to say:
“This will be the largest one we’ve done,” said Pat Edwards of Middleboro, Beaumont Solar’s project manager, on Tuesday as he looked down on iridescent blue panels being installed on Luke’s Super Liquor Store in West Yarmouth. Beaumont â€” a New Bedford-based sign company â€” has embraced solar as an opportunity for the company to use existing skills and equipment, Edwards said.
Beaumont has installed several large systems on the Cape already.
“You’ve got to change with the times,” Edwards said.
Beaumont’s president, Phillip Cavallo, started taking on renewable energy projects after he bought the company four years ago. The company’s 21 employees now work on solar projects 80 percent of the time and signs 20 percent of the time, Cavallo said.
Engineering and construction companies are evolving rapidly to fill the niche partly created by incentives and policies that encourage renewable energy projects, said Marybeth Campbell, workforce development program director for the Clean Energy Center.
“We’ve seen in the last year-and-a-half a huge explosion,” she said, adding that the number of companies doing photovoltaic installations has jumped from 25 to 200, with more than 1,000 people doing the work statewide.
So once again – at the intersection of green and project management, this time we found not only opportunity, but a really good craft summer ale. More on that in later post.