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In mid-March, Massachusetts legislators and experts in renewable energy gathered at the State House Grand Staircase for the New England Clean Energy Center’s third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day. The event celebrates the clean energy sector’s size and strength in the Commonwealth and the public policies that helped to grow the sector. Peter Rothstein, president of the NECEC, hosted the hour-long speaking program that included Massachusetts Senator Ben Downing, Representative John Keenan and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. Check out photos from the event:

03/11/14 Boston, MA - Allexe Law-Flood from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, right, talks to Emily Reichert, executive director of Greentown Labs, left, at the New England Clean Energy Center's third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day in the State House. The event showcases the clean energy sector and the benefits it brought to Massachusetts and highlights the importance of consistent policy support in driving the sector's growth. Law-Flood works in promoting renewable energy in communities and was interested in Cleanweb Hackathon, an upcoming event by Greentown Labs. Greentown Labs is a community based in Somerville, MA, that provides low-cost office and prototyping space and a network for start-ups in clean energy.

03/11/14 Boston, MA – Allexe Law-Flood from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, right, talks to Emily Reichert, executive director of Greentown Labs, left, at the New England Clean Energy Center’s third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day in the State House. The event showcases the clean energy sector and the benefits it delivers to Massachusetts and highlights the importance of consistent policy support in driving the sector’s growth. Law-Flood works in promoting renewable energy in communities and was interested in the Cleanweb Hackathon, an upcoming event by Greentown Labs. Greentown Labs, located in Somerville, provides low-cost office and prototyping space and a network for start-ups in clean energy.

03/11/14 Boston, MA - Peter Rothstein, President of the New England Clean Energy Center opens the third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day at the State House. The event showcases the clean energy sector and the benefits it brought to Massachusetts and highlights the importance of consistent policy support in driving the sector's growth. In the past two years, jobs in the clean energy sector increased by 24 percent overall to reach a total of nearly 80,000 people working in clean energy in Massachusetts today. “Clean Energy Day is a tremendous opportunity for the companies driving Massachusetts’ clean energy growth to get the word out about the vitality of our industry,” said Rothstein.

03/11/14 Boston, MA – Peter Rothstein, President of the New England Clean Energy Center opens the third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day at the State House. In the past two years, jobs in the clean energy sector increased by 24 percent overall to reach a total of nearly 80,000 people working in clean energy in Massachusetts today. “Clean Energy Day is a tremendous opportunity for the companies driving Massachusetts’ clean energy growth to get the word out about the vitality of our industry,” said Rothstein.

03/11/14 Boston, MA - Legislators and clean energy leaders gathered at the Massachusetts State House for the New England Clean Energy Center's third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day. The event showcases the clean energy sector and the benefits it brought to Massachusetts and highlights the importance of consistent policy support in driving the sector's growth. In the past two years, jobs in the clean energy sector increased by 24 percent overall to reach a total of nearly 80,000 people working in clean energy in Massachusetts today.

03/11/14 Boston, MA – In the center, Mark Sylvia, Commissioner of DOER, Alicia Barton, CEO of the Mass. Clean Energy Center, and Swapnil Shah, co-founder and CEO of FirstFuel, Inc., were among clean energy experts at the New England Clean Energy Center’s third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day.

03/11/14 Boston, MA - (So is this the secretary or Keenan?) "On behalf of the governor, thank you for your work."

03/11/14 Boston, MA – EEA Secretary Rick Sullivan speaks at the New England Center for Clean Energy’s third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day in the State House. The legislators who spoke – Senator Ben Downing and Representative John Keenan – emphasized the excellent innovation and solutions that the clean energy sector has developed to help Massachusetts achieve and stay at the number one position for energy efficiency policies and programs for three years in a row. “On behalf of the Governor, thank you for your work,” said Representative Keenan in his speech.

03/11/14 Boston, MA - Christie Howe, an analyst at FirstFuel Software, manages a booth at the New England Clean Energy Center's third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day business exhibition in the State House. FirstFuel Software was highlighted as an example of a clean energy company that took off with the help of policy. CEO and Co-founder Swapnil Shah shared his experience starting FirstFuel Software three and a half years ago with grant funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. "I wouldn't be standing here if it wasn't for the support of MassCEC," said Shah in his speech. "The ecosystem and support to help take an idea to a business has been nothing short of phenomenal." FirstFuel Software is a building analysis company based in Lexington, MA, that has helped hundreds and thousands of buildings in the public and private sector become more efficient through a deep understanding of how those buildings use energy and they are expanding their client base to Europe.

03/11/14 Boston, MA – Christie Howe, an analyst at FirstFuel, manages a booth at the New England Clean Energy Center’s third annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Day business exhibition in the State House. FirstFuel Software was highlighted as an example of a clean energy company that took off with the help of public policy. CEO and Co-founder Swapnil Shah shared his experience starting FirstFuel three and a half years ago with grant funding from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. “I wouldn’t be standing here if it wasn’t for the support of MassCEC and DOER,” said Shah in his speech. “The ecosystem and support to help take an idea to a business has been nothing short of phenomenal.” FirstFuel is a building analysis company based in Lexington, MA, that has helped hundreds and thousands of buildings in the public and private sector become more efficient through a deep understanding of how those buildings use energy and they are expanding their client base to Europe.

 

Secretary Sullivan also announced a new $30 million residential solar loan program. The program will be funded with Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP), funds that are paid by electric retail suppliers if they have insufficient Renewable or Alternative Energy Certificates to meet their compliance obligations under the Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standard programs. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is currently working with partners and stakeholders to develop the program expected to launch in spring 2014. “When we support our solar industry, we are choosing to shape our future rather than leave it to chance,” said Governor Patrick in a press release.

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