The students of the Plymouth School District were brimming with excitement as they watched the ribbon cutting on a new solar electric array that will help to power the district for years to come. And Sarah Field, of Borrego Solar, the company who installed the system, couldn’t have been happier. “I love going to ribbon cuttings and seeing all the people benefitting from our work,” she said. “Especially the kids, they get so into it because of how cool it is.” The Plymouth ribbon cutting was a learning experience for the students, Field said, not just in how solar electricity works, but in what the industry represents for potential future careers. “They hadn’t seen something like this up close,” she said. “Now they’re talking about going into solar careers.”
Field, 41, never saw herself working in solar until 2008 when the electrical contracting business where she had worked for 10 years went bankrupt, and she happened upon a job listing Borrego Solar had posted online. Field didn’t have any experience in the solar industry, but thought the job seemed interesting and would build upon her work in the electrical business. “It seemed like a really good fit,” she said.
Working out of Borrego Solar’s office in Lowell, where she lives, Field’s job involves shepherding projects through the company’s different departments from the design stage, through permitting and finally to installation and, of course, the ribbon cutting.
During her time at Borrego Solar, Field has seen the company and industry grow dramatically in Massachusetts. By the summer of 2014, Borrego was responsible for more than 60 Megawatts of installed solar capacity, roughly 10% of all the solar installed in the state. Field plans to stay with Borrego Solar for as long as she can, helping to spread the greater message of the environmental and economic benefits of solar electricity. “We need to make people aware of the benefits of solar,” she said. “We’re doing something that really helps.”