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Ian A. Bowles

Secretary Ian A. Bowles

Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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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.

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New Walden Pond Visitor Center Would Inspire Even Thoreau posted on Dec 17

New Walden Pond Visitor Center Would Inspire Even Thoreau

The 335 acre Walden Pond State Reservation annually attracts 500,000 people from all over the world, who journey there not just for recreation but for inspiration. Those visitors will soon have another amenity to enjoy. Earlier this month, Governor Deval Patrick joined community leaders, other public officials, environmentalists and project partners to break ground on the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s new $8 million Walden Pond Visitor Center, designed to incorporate a wide-range of sustainable materials and technologies.

Thirteen New Green Communities: Cause for Celebration (With Cake) posted on Dec 10

Thirteen New Green Communities: Cause for Celebration (With Cake)

The United States was created from thirteen colonies, which suggests that thirteen is a lucky number. Massachusetts just added another lucky thirteen. A new round of Green Communities – you guessed it, thirteen of them – brings the total number of cities and towns that   …Continue Reading Thirteen New Green Communities: Cause for Celebration (With Cake)

How Many Inspections Does It Take To Install A Solar System? posted on Dec 4

How Many Inspections Does It Take To Install A Solar System?

How many municipal inspections does it take to install a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system? Two is the magic number, however it can often be difficult to hit. In order for a solar customer to install an array, their system must obtain a building and   …Continue Reading How Many Inspections Does It Take To Install A Solar System?