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Solar Power to Help Provide 50K Meals Annually to the Lawrence Community

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Bread & Roses, a community kitchen in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts, is keeping their energy local with their new solar panels installed by ReVision Energy from North Andover.

The solar array, completed this past month, is a 6.7-kilowatt system consisting of 46 rooftop panels that will generate approximately 23,000 kilowatt hours per year while also offsetting 24,000 pounds of carbon pollution annually. ReVision Energy, an employee-owned company, was excited to partner with the local non-profit in an effort to transition away from fossil fuels and towards more socially-conscious, sustainable energy.

Bread & Roses has been providing meals to Lawrence and surrounding communities since 1980. On average, they serve 200 hot meals five nights per week to individuals and families facing food insecurity. Thousands, including veterans, seniors, and disabled individuals, rely on Bread & Roses for their evening meals. The community kitchen also offers other essential services, such as grocery items to take home, an emergency food pantry program, life essentials such as health products and clothing, case management, community food outreach and weekly free health clinics.

Susan McGibbon-Sirois, Bread & Roses Executive Director, is overjoyed about the project. “Anyone considering solar has to consider ReVision. From our first call, through the beginning of installation, ReVision has been professional, informative, courteous, and supportive of our nonprofit, and others. So pleased with this huge step for Bread & Roses! Thank you, ReVision crew!” said Susan.

ReVision Energy is delighted to have made a longtime wish of Bread & Roses a reality. The local solar company, a Certified B Corporation, has a triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit, and found that its model of using business to effect positive environmental and social change aligned well with the inclusive mission of Bread & Roses.

Bread & Roses, located at 58 Newbury Street in Lawrence, offers evening meals from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Learn more about Bread & RosesĀ here.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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