Massachusetts has just surpassed an exciting milestone of 15,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, proving that solar energy has become a smart, popular choice here. In fact, as of August 21, there were 15,762 systems installed across Massachusetts, a twenty-fold increase from 2007 when Governor Deval Patrick took office, when there were only 788. The 615 megawatts installed at homes, businesses, schools, parking lots, landfills and elsewhere can provide enough power for 94,000 homes. This solar revolution is happening everywhere; there is at least one solar installation in 350 of 351 cities and towns. This success didn’t happen by chance. Earlier this summer, energy and environmental officials toured the Commonwealth, explaining the growth of the solar industry, as well as touting solar’s economic and environmental benefits. Have a look at the highlights from the day.
If you aren’t already thinking about solar energy for power or heat, I invite you to learn more about the opportunities here.
Home Baked Energy Efficiency with a Tasty Glazing posted on Sep 30
To reduce home energy consumption as rates rise, one town in Northwest Massachusetts has found a creative do-it-yourself solution.
Renewables To Blunt Power Outages From Major Storms posted on Sep 26
To make sure that Massachusetts can avoid the energy-related problems faced by New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania during Hurricane Sandy, the Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative will provide municipalities with reliable, renewable alternatives to diesel generators that also align with the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas reduction and clean energy goals.
Energizing Future Generations posted on Sep 23
For the past two years, Massachusetts has participated in a federal program that recognizes schools working hard to educate future generations about clean energy and improvements in Massachusetts school buildings. This year, the Commonwealth will again participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools recognition program.