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Carter Wall

Carter Wall

Executive Director, Renewable Energy Division, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

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General Mills' facility in Methuen has been making Yoplait brand yogurt and other tasty products since 1971. Now that yogurt comes in a new flavor – green. With the help of a $226,500 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the company just completed installation of a 110.7 kilowatt solar array on one of its warehouse buildings that will generate enough electricity to provide approximately 55 percent of the power consumed by the building, year-round. This will offset more than 112,000 lbs of carbon dioxide annually, and save the company money on its electric bill. The solar panels were designed and installed by Massachusetts-based Nexamp, Inc.

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“The enthusiasm of the workforce and the partnership with state and local government led the way for us to install the solar panels,” said Jon Russett, energy manager in General Mills’ Supply Chain operations. “General Mills is committed to continuously improving its environmental performance.”

General Mills has also made other steps toward a more sustainable operation in Methuen by reducing the transportation of milk to the plant and redesigning packaging to use less plastic.

Learn more about the company’s sustainability efforts for Yoplait here.

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As Deputy Director of DOER's Green Communities Division, Lisa helps lead a team devoted to working with Massachusetts cities and towns to realize environmental and cost benefits of municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to joining DOER, Lisa worked in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs from 2007 to 2012, first as Press Secretary and then as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs. Her previous communications and public relations experience includes both government and the private sector, where, as principal of upWrite Communications, she served clients such as The Trustees of Reservations, The Nature Conservancy, and Partners Health Care/North Shore Medical Center. She began her career as a journalist, covering Beacon Hill for the State House News Service, and later wrote for a variety of other publications including The Boston Globe, Teacher Magazine, Animals Magazine, and The Gulf of Maine Times. The author of two books, Lisa serves on the board of the Saugus River Watershed Council and resides with her family in Melrose.

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