Last week we had the pleasure of hosting former Massachusetts Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, II at our new headquarters in Boston. As the son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy belongs to one of America’s most celebrated political dynasties; these days, however, he is best known for the work carried out through his non-profit organization, Citizens Energy.
To Massachusetts residents, Citizens is almost synonymous with its Oil Heat Program, which distributes free heating oil to needy households in 25 cold-weather states. But those JOE-4-OIL ads you see on the TV and radio every winter represent only a small fraction of Citizens’ overall portfolio; the organization also works extensively in renewables, including ventures into solar power, utility-scale wind energy, energy-efficient building, carbon offsets, and the transmission and distribution of clean energy. Most recently, Citizens launched the Solar Homes Program, which provides rooftop solar collectors to low-income homes in California’s Imperial Valley.
While at CSE, Kennedy met with senior members of our technical team, touching on a range of topics that included solar technology, innovative clean energy concepts, building up the Commonwealth’s cleantech cluster, and restoring America’s competitiveness in manufacturing. The discussion concluded with tour of our new labs and a brief overview of the Building Technology Showcase exhibit space.