Executive Director, Renewable Energy Division, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
The Sean Brooke House, dedicated earlier this month with the help of a color guard of veterans, is New Bedford's latest victory in the battle against homelessness among veterans of our armed forces. The project, which was the vision of a local group called "Welcome Home Veterans," and is owned and managed by Caritas Communities, will provide 19 brand new apartments in a renovated mill building.
MassCEC provided a 38 kw solar system on the roof of the building, which is expected to produce approximately 50,400 kWh of electricity per year. At a price of $0.20/kWh, that equates to over $10,000 per year in avoided electrical costs for the facility. All of the equipment used was made right here in the Commonwealth – the PV modules were manufactured by Evergreen Solar in Devens, and the inverter was supplied by Satcon, located in Boston. Live updates of the system’s performance can be viewed here.
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.
Massachusetts Rebates Supercharge Electric Vehicle Market posted on Jul 7
The MOR-EV initiative provides rebates of up to $2,500 for electric, fuel cell vehicles and plug-in vehicles with large batteries, and $1,500 for plug-in electric vehicles with smaller batteries. All Massachusetts residents are eligible to receive incentives on purchased and leased new electric vehicles until the rebate funds are gone.