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.
Solarize Mass – Big Scale Impact for Small Scale Solar posted on Aug 20
The results of the Solarize Mass 2013-2014 two rounds managed to surpass numbers from the previous two years. Close to 1,500 contracts were signed and a total of nearly 10 megawatts of solar installed. During 2013’s first round, ten communities participated, and for the second round that ended this past June, another fifteen communities were chosen.
Carbon Neutral? A Closer Look at University Claims posted on Aug 14
The five UMass university campuses have made enormous progress towards carbon neutrality. In particular, UMass Amherst has demonstrated impressive environmental leadership and received an Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Leading by Example award for achieving a 26 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions three years ahead of its 2012 goal.
Door-to-Door Campaign Reaps Energy Efficiency Gains posted on Aug 1
Greenfield sent program specialists from Energy Smart Homes door-to-door to answer questions, explain the energy auditing process, and plan retrofit projects. So far, home energy assessments in Greenfield have taken place at four times the statewide rate.