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New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations

New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations posted on Dec 13

At a press conference in early December at Atkins Farms in Amherst, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced the fifteen communities that will participate in the second round of the 2013 Solarize Massachusetts program (Solarize Mass®). The program’s administrators, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center   …Continue Reading New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations

Energy Assurance, No Matter the Size of Your Town

Energy Assurance, No Matter the Size of Your Town posted on Dec 3

The fundamental mission of energy assurance is “to take action to effectively respond to emergency situations, and to protect and mitigate affects on energy-related infrastructure and services.” Simply put, policies, programs, and investments made prior to emergencies can make for a more safe and secure   …Continue Reading Energy Assurance, No Matter the Size of Your Town

Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem

Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem posted on Nov 19

A recent UN report estimates that a third of all food produced worldwide, an estimated 1.3 billion metric tons, is wasted every year – not including the water, fertilizer, and other resources required to produce, store, transport, and, ultimately, dispose of it. In industrialized countries,   …Continue Reading Biogas Addresses Massachusetts Corner of Global Food Waste Problem

Four Municipalities, Two Universities, Two State Agencies & Two Individuals

Four Municipalities, Two Universities, Two State Agencies & Two Individuals posted on Nov 15

If you want to hear good news about energy in Massachusetts, let me introduce you to two state agencies, two colleges, four municipalities, and two extraordinary individuals. At a late October State House ceremony, the Patrick Administration presented awards to various public entities and individuals   …Continue Reading Four Municipalities, Two Universities, Two State Agencies & Two Individuals

Waste Water Energy Recovery – Heating & Cooling Outside-the-Box

Waste Water Energy Recovery – Heating & Cooling Outside-the-Box posted on Nov 12

It’s an exciting time for renewable and alternative energy. As demand grows, scientists, engineers, politicians, and others are looking beyond the staple renewable energy sources of solar and wind to other, potentially valuable sources of energy. One of these new energy sources is Waste Water   …Continue Reading Waste Water Energy Recovery – Heating & Cooling Outside-the-Box

Community Shared Solar 101

Community Shared Solar 101 posted on Oct 21

Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, which converts sunlight directly into electricity, is a priority for Massachusetts’ clean energy efforts. The environmental and economic benefits of solar energy are myriad: energy production from panels does not produce greenhouse gas emissions or other pollutants sun represents a free,   …Continue Reading Community Shared Solar 101