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Banking on Residential Solar Power Posted on Sep 16

Banking on Residential Solar Power

“It’s a house, it’s a car, it’s a … solar panel?” In the coming months, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is hoping a new residential solar loan program will spark that question and interest in renewable power at local lending institutions across the Commonwealth.   …Continue Reading Banking on Residential Solar Power

Comparing Homes – Energy-Saving Enters the Equation Posted on Aug 28

Comparing Homes – Energy-Saving Enters the Equation

Until recently, there was no way to easily figure energy efficiency into a home buying decision. Enter HomeMPG, a Massachusetts energy-saving initiative to pilot an energy performance score (EPS) in residential homes. This “asset” rating that’s analogous to a car’s MPG rating. Behavior is taken out of the equation so that any home’s energy use can be compared to any other home, allowing for an apples-to-apples comparison.

Solarize Mass – Big Scale Impact for Small Scale Solar Posted on Aug 20

Solarize Mass – Big Scale Impact for Small Scale Solar

The results of the Solarize Mass 2013-2014 two rounds managed to surpass numbers from the previous two years. Close to 1,500 contracts were signed and a total of nearly 10 megawatts of solar installed. During 2013’s first round, ten communities participated, and for the second round that ended this past June, another fifteen communities were chosen.

Door-to-Door Campaign Reaps Energy Efficiency Gains Posted on Aug 1

Door-to-Door Campaign Reaps Energy Efficiency Gains

Greenfield sent program specialists from Energy Smart Homes door-to-door to answer questions, explain the energy auditing process, and plan retrofit projects. So far, home energy assessments in Greenfield have taken place at four times the statewide rate.

Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar Posted on Jul 16

Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar

Harvard residents who wanted solar on their homes and were unable to get it due to shading, sloping, or structural barriers, found a solution by sharing the Harvard Solar Garden, an approximately 250 kW project, provides 41 residents and six small businesses with sustainable, clean energy. .

Clean Energy Game Posted on Apr 3

Clean Energy Game

Marketers are recognizing “gamification” as a way to motivate and engage people. Can games help engage the public about clean energy through content delivery, education, a sense of community, ways to encourage behaviors?

Go the Distance (with a fast charger) Posted on Mar 6

Go the Distance (with a fast charger)

Many of us living in Massachusetts travel for recreation: skiing in New Hampshire, a summer’s weekend down at the Cape, a camping trip in Amherst woods or even the two-hundred-mile trip from Boston to New York City. For drivers of electric vehicles, these trips averaging   …Continue Reading Go the Distance (with a fast charger)

HomeMPG Courses for Residential Appraisers and Real Estate Agents Posted on Feb 13

HomeMPG Courses for Residential Appraisers and Real Estate Agents

Over the past two years the Department of Energy Resources has worked with the Mass Save® program on a pilot residential energy labeling program called HomeMPG. Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, this Home Energy Services program has assigned over 3,000 energy performance   …Continue Reading HomeMPG Courses for Residential Appraisers and Real Estate Agents

2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers Posted on Jan 8

2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers

The onset of the New Year allows us to mark a moment in time, reflect on the advances of 2013 and preview what’s to come in 2014. Seven years into the Patrick Administration, we have many great clean energy stories to tell. Here are some   …Continue Reading 2013: Massachusetts Has Great Numbers

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

New Solarize Mass Communities To Grow PV Installations

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