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.
Banking on Residential Solar Power posted on Sep 16
“It’s a house, it’s a car, it’s a … solar panel?” In the coming months, the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is hoping a new residential solar loan program will spark that question and interest in renewable power at local lending institutions across the Commonwealth. …Continue Reading Banking on Residential Solar Power
Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything posted on Sep 5
The American Council for Energy Efficient-Economy (ACEEE) selected me to present a paper on the Commonwealth’s Green Communities Program at ACEEE’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. It felt like going to college – the seniors all knew each other, while the freshmen were …Continue Reading Building Efficiency Gurus Exchange Ideas on Just About Everything
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.