New England Clean Energy Employees Build Mermaid-Themed Playhouse for U.S. Army Veteran Family

Project part of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester's Operation Playhouse Program
Playhouse built by NE Clean Energy employees for Habitat for Humanity program
Playhouse built by NE Clean Energy employees for Habitat for Humanity program
HUDSON, Mass. - Oct. 28, 2016 - PRLog -- New England Clean Energy employees built, painted and decorated a playhouse, complete with a mini-solar energy system, at the solar company's Hudson warehouse yesterday, through Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester's Operation Playhouse program. The playhouse, which had a mermaid theme, was donated at the end of the day to a U.S. Army veteran and his 6-year-old daughter.

Eighteen employees of the Hudson solar installation company worked on the playhouse, starting at 7:45 a.m. and ending with the 3:30 presentation of the playhouse. Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester supervised the project.

New England Clean Energy, with the help of Canadian Solar Inc., has been contributing small solar energy systems for Operation Playhouse since November 2014, but this is the first time company employees have built a playhouse themselves. The mini-solar panel powers a light and charger inside the playhouse. Canadian Solar donates the systems and New England Clean Energy donates the installation and related equipment.

"I would like to thank New England Clean Energy and Canadian Solar for their continued partnership with Operation Playhouse for the last two years. The volunteers, sponsors and military families are always surprised and impressed that their playhouse has a working solar panel and an interior light.  Not only is the solar panel consistent with our affiliate's approach to incorporating renewable energy in our new home builds, but we get to showcase our commitment to improving our environment with Operation Playhouse," said Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester Community Outreach Manager Seth Jajliardo.

"We've supported Operation Playhouse for two years because we believe in Habitat for Humanity's mission and we want to support the local community and our military veterans. When we install solar on local homes, New England Clean Energy is helping families and communities, along with the planet, so our partnership with Habitat was a natural fit. We're very excited to finally be experiencing the playhouse construction firsthand," Mark Durrenberger, founder and president of New England Clean Energy, said.

"I had a great time helping build this playhouse. It's always good to give back to the community, whether it's a soup kitchen or building a playhouse for a little girl," said New England Clean Energy Receptionist Stephanie Purretta, a Shrewsbury resident.

Operation Playhouse is a volunteer/fundraising program for groups and corporations wanting to make a difference in their communities. Volunteers build, design and decorate children's playhouses, which are then donated to local veteran families with children. Habitat's MetroWest/Greater Worcester chapter began offering the program in July 2014.

"Operation Playhouse allows sponsors and local volunteers to build, decorate and personalize a playhouse to honor the service of a current or veteran military member. The experience of donating a playhouse is heartwarming for everyone involved.  As a veteran, I am honored to oversee this worthwhile veteran program whose proceeds directly benefit our affiliate's Veteran Builds and major veteran Critical Home Repairs," said Jajliardo.

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester is part of a global, non-profit housing organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, call (508) 799-9259 or visit

Since being founded in 2006, Hudson, Massachusetts-based New England Clean Energy has installed 750 solar energy systems. The company has more positive reviews on independent review site SolarReviews than any other New England company. For more information, visit or call 978-56-SOLAR.

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