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.
Toward Zero Net Energy posted on Apr 10
In late February I had the opportunity to attend the Toward Zero Net Energy (TZNE) Retrofit Program “Charrette” ‒ a collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem ‒ at Holyoke Community College (HCC). The purpose of this charrette …Continue Reading Toward Zero Net Energy
Leadership Matters – Images from 7th Green Schools Summit posted on Apr 7
At the 7th Annual Massachusetts Green Schools Summit, students, teachers, legislators and energy officials came together to embrace leadership roles within their communities. DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia emphasized that clean energy and climate literacy among the current generation of students will be crucial for Massachusetts in the future. “Set the tone, lead the way in the classroom, at home, in the community and for our future.”
Clean Energy Game posted on Apr 3
Marketers are recognizing “gamification” as a way to motivate and engage people. Can games help engage the public about clean energy through content delivery, education, a sense of community, ways to encourage behaviors?