Director, Energy Efficiency Division, Department of Energy Resources
There’s so much great activity happening around the Commonwealth as we build our clean energy future that it’s hard to keep track, so I shouldn’t have been surprised to find a great energy project happening in my very own neighborhood.
My wife and I were walking through Davis Square last weekend and saw scaffolding up against a typical Somerville home. On second glance, I noticed the shiny coating on the sheets that sided the house-in-progress, and a stack of double-layer insulation foam panels – a Deep Energy Retrofit was under way! The owner was walking around the corner of her house as we came by, so we got to say hello and talk to her about the project. She said she had needed to replace the old siding for a while, and a friend of hers convinced her to take on this project. When it is done, she expects it to dramatically reduce the energy required to keep the home comfortable for her and her tenants. She has also launched a blog complete with photos of the insulation projects and a YouTube video of a window replacement, so you can follow her progress.
Comparing Homes – Energy-Saving Enters the Equation posted on Aug 28
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.
Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations posted on Aug 25
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 …Continue Reading Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations
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.