If you are a regular reader of this blog or a clean energy aficionado, you may know that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 created the largest clean energy investment in the history of the United States – over $80 billion. You may also know that the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is responsible for directing and overseeing over $70 million of these funds. The DOER and its partners are working hard to ensure that the recovery dollars are creating jobs, spurring innovation, and ensuring development of clean, sustainable energy sources right here in Massachusetts.
If you weren’t aware of this, don’t worry. In the coming months, my “ARRA 101” blog posts will get you up to speed. These posts will cover everything from how projects are monitored by DOER staff, to interviews with individuals impacted by the stimulus, to clean energy project spotlights from across the Commonwealth.
This first post in the ARRA 101 series answers a basic but important question: Where are the clean energy stimulus funds being spent in Massachusetts?
The answer: in every corner of Massachusetts. From energy monitoring at state-owned buildings, to solar installations at state parks, to innovative energy efficiency upgrades in low-income buildings, the Commonwealth has allocated stimulus funds to projects that are making a down payment on a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable energy future. The projects are all across the state, affecting hundreds of communities and tens of thousands of individuals.
To see exactly where DOER and its partners are investing stimulus funds in Massachusetts, check out the interactive ARRA map. You will be able to find projects in your neighborhood and get details on how these projects were funded.
Be sure to check back here for ARRA 101 posts and in the meantime, you can get more information on stimulus funded clean energy projects at our recently revamped Energy Recovery Dollars at Work page on the DOER site.
Market-Based Program Designed to Continue Solar Growth posted on Jul 30
This April, the Commonwealth launched its second Solar Carve- Out Program. Built on the success of the first solar carve-out program, SREC II is designed to continue to drive Massachusetts’ solar growth and particularly provide incentives for smaller solar projects, building mounted units, community shared solar, solar canopies, emergency power and low income housing.
“Mass. Military Division” and “Energy Efficiency” Go Together posted on Jul 25
Energy measures implemented at a Mass. Military Divison site include improved lighting, high efficiency motors, HVAC controls and energy management system upgrades. Under the Accelerate Efficiency Plan, the Commonwealth is investing over $12 million at 29 state facilities throughout the Berkshires.
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. .