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.
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.
Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations posted on Aug 25
Massachusetts has just surpassed an exciting milestone of 15,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, proving that solar energy has become a smart, popular choice here. In fact, as of August 21, there were 15,762 systems installed across Massachusetts, a twenty-fold increase from 2007 when Governor Deval …Continue Reading Massachusetts Milestone: 15,000 Solar Installations