Veterans’ Group to Install Solar Panels

A Haverhill-based nonprofit serving Merrimack Valley veterans and their families is turning to a solar energy company “to address rapidly escalating energy prices and to make a commitment to environmental sustainability,” according to an announcement by Marlborough-based MassAmerican Energy LLC.

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center of Haverhill will enter a “solar partnership” with MassAmerican at the group’s main campus, the former St. Rita’s Church. It consists of two buildings that contain both housing and offices and a building under construction that will provide 18 units of housing.

“MassAmerican Energy provided a comprehensive solar proposal for the VNOC portfolio of buildings with a proprietary solar financing program for non-profits,” said Sven Amirian, MassAmerican vice president of business development.

Veterans Northeast Executive Director John Ratka said, “We could not have done this solar project without MassAmerican’s unique solar financing program for non-profits. With zero money out of pocket for our organization, we will now be generating income, not just saving on our electricity bill.”

The Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, 10 Reed St., Haverhill, was founded in 1985 to address the needs of veterans and their families throughout the Merrimack Valley. The center offers information, referral, advocacy and support to local veterans.

Amirian is a former Haverhill city councilor and former president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.