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Launching on the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, this blog is a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences about renewable power, energy efficiency, and other issues important to the Commonwealth’s pursuit of a clean energy future. Posts will range from tips on the best bets for weatherizing your home or small business to articles on installing clean energy systems, how to get rebates and other incentives, farm-based renewable energy, fuel price trends, and clean energy job training opportunities. Our bloggers are energy experts who include officials and employees of the Executive Office, the Departments of Energy Resources and Agricultural Resources, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Click here to meet them. I hope you will read, comment, and – most importantly – use the information and ideas here to take steps that will save money, stimulate our growing clean energy economy and contribute to a greener Massachusetts.
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
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.