Our factory has been in Holyoke, MA since 1974. Holyoke has changed in those years. A once bustling downtown is a reminder of life before the Holyoke Mall made obsolete the array of small business offerings. As the city recovers, a new, more well-funded and experimental class of business emerges in these vibrant streets. From urban farmers growing food vertically in shipping containers and mixed use spaces like the Cubit housing a two-story training facility with affordably priced studio apartments above, to the marijuana cultivation of Positronic Farms, business has never been so varied.
Besides unique visions piloted by devoted entrepreneurs, one things these businesses all share in common is Holyoke’s incredible energy grid. Last year our commuters traveling along Route 5 had the pleasure of watching HG&E’s solar farm expand from a few panels to what feels like a mile of panels. Their solar power alone prevents the generation of over 16,553 tons of Carbon Dioxide, the equivalent of 3,100 cars. And they’re just getting started with solar development.
But it’s not just business reaping the rewards of marketable statistics, Holyoke Gas & Electric has driven down the cost of power across the board, reducing residential costs to less than half of other cities. Meanwhile, the Holyoke Green Computer Center uses hydroelectric power generated by the dam and a four and a half mile canal system woven throughout the city to power the processing of millions of simulations and billions of calculations in the pursuit of knowledge.
Between Holyoke’s hydroelectric dam system and it’s solar panel arrays, 85% of our city is powered by renewable energy. We have a ways to go, but someday we’ll go carbon neutral and beyond.