Secretary Ian A. Bowles
Last month, Governor Patrick announced that a new multi-purpose marine commerce terminal will be built in the port of New Bedford to support shipping, other commercial activities, and the delivery, assembly, and installation of offshore wind turbines – including those destined for Cape Wind, the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound.
This facility will make Massachusetts the hub of offshore wind development on the Atlantic Coast, and contribute to the city of New Bedford’s prosperity through all its uses, but especially by capturing the 600 to 1,000 jobs from construction of Cape Wind. As Governor Patrick put it, “In the first half of the 19th century, New Bedford produced the advanced fuel of the age – whale oil – and became known as ‘the city that lit the world.’ Now, with this new terminal, and this first-in-the-nation project, New Bedford will once again begin to light the world, but this time with the clean, renewable energy resource of the 21st century – offshore wind.”
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. .