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!
Solar a “No-Go” on Your Roof? Share Through Community Solar posted on Jul 16
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. .
Summer’s Here: Shed Layers and Shed Loads posted on Jul 11
Electricity usage throughout New England reaches its peak during summer heat waves, causing our electricity bills to spike. During periods of high demand, electric utilities typically call on more expensive “peaking” plants to provide extra power. These costs are passed onto larger, non-residential consumers through demand charges on their monthly electricity bill. Municipal buildings can save a significant sum of money if they shut off portions of their electricity during these peak periods.
Massachusetts Rebates Supercharge Electric Vehicle Market posted on Jul 7
The MOR-EV initiative provides rebates of up to $2,500 for electric, fuel cell vehicles and plug-in vehicles with large batteries, and $1,500 for plug-in electric vehicles with smaller batteries. All Massachusetts residents are eligible to receive incentives on purchased and leased new electric vehicles until the rebate funds are gone.