Executive Director, Renewable Energy Division, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
People usually think about transportation companies as being big energy consumers, and they are. All the more opportunity to save, says Dan Wolf, CEO of Cape Air. On September 24, as he unveiled an enormous 258 kw solar system on the Cape Air headquarters – the largest on the Cape – Dan spoke about the company’s plans to do more. “We see tremendous opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of our operations, and to help our employees and communities do that as well, he said. The Cape Air Green Initiative, headed up by Dan’s brother, Jim Wolf, includes increased fuel efficiency measures for flight operations, support for local Housing Assistance Corporation’s ‘Community Green’ and Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod affordable housing projects, and much more.
The headquarters building, with its new solar power and energy efficiency measures, showed a dramatic reduction in electricity use from the grid in its first month in operation, and will be a net zero electricity user on an annual basis. This project was supported by grants from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “These projects demonstrate the power of collaboration, between public and private, between a company, its employees and the communities it serves,” Dan said.
“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. .
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.