Assistant Secretary for Policy, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
A week ago, I was giving a speech at a clean energy conference, showing the comprehensive approach that Governor Patrick has taken to launch the clean energy revolution and grow clean energy jobs, lower energy costs, become more energy independent and protect the environment. I showed the animated map of the expansion of solar photovoltaic systems in Massachusetts that’s posted here. As the map guided the audience through the last four years, and a light colored map (showing relatively few solar installations) dramatically darkened as town after town, city after city added new solar systems totaling over a thousand, there was an audible gasp…and then…raucous applause for concrete examples of the clean energy revolution!
In all the years leading up to 2007, about 3.5 MW of solar electric power had been installed in Massachusetts. By the end of this year, 60 MW will be installed.
I flashed up photos for the audience of solar projects: an electrician installing panels – that’s a job! Panels being manufactured in a Massachusetts plant – that’s a job! An architect designing new housing that will incorporate solar into the roof – that’s a job! An engineer ensuring that a big box flat roof store will be able to bear the weight of snow and solar panels – that’s a job! More than 55 MW of new solar installations – that’s a lot of jobs!
Then I flashed some more photos of other installations: On a school – that’s a school committee that will be less worried about energy costs and can focus more on teachers! On an affordable housing project – where residents will pay less for energy! On a small business – that small business owner will be paying $0 in electricity costs after the project pays for itself in four years and can invest more in the product – that’s good business!
Throughout the Commonwealth, the clean energy revolution has taken root. Watch it grow!
Solarize Mass – Big Scale Impact for Small Scale Solar posted on Aug 20
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.
Carbon Neutral? A Closer Look at University Claims posted on Aug 14
The five UMass university campuses have made enormous progress towards carbon neutrality. In particular, UMass Amherst has demonstrated impressive environmental leadership and received an Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Leading by Example award for achieving a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions three years ahead of its 2012 goal.
Door-to-Door Campaign Reaps Energy Efficiency Gains posted on Aug 1
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.