Using the sun to power our homes, businesses, and government buildings has come a long way in Massachusetts. Solar capacity has increased 30-fold since 2007, when Governor Patrick set his goal of installing 250 megawatts by 2017. We’re now at 105 MW installed, with solar arrays in at least 334 of our 351 cities and towns.
This solar momentum will be enhanced by the recent award of a $566,354 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, Rooftop Solar Challenge. We have developed the “Mass Solar: Making it EZ” pilot program to ease the installation of solar photovoltaics (PV), make solar energy more accessible and affordable for Massachusetts residents and small businesses, and maintain our state’s leadership in the clean energy sector.
Five cities and towns – Boston, Cambridge, Harvard, Hatfield, and Winchester – are partnering with the Department of Energy Resources, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Solar Energy Business Association of New England, the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards, and MassDevelopment to develop solutions for lowering the non-hardware – or soft costs – of solar installations. These soft costs account for up to 40 percent of the total cost of installed rooftop PV systems in the United States. I am thrilled that Massachusetts is involved in this initiative to advance the adoption of solar energy and hope you will check out the video below and the links to find out more information.
You can find more information online at DOER or by visiting the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative web page.
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.