Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Earlier this month I traveled to Hancock with Governor Patrick to cut the ribbon a new ten-turbine wind project that will generate enough clean, renewable electricity to power approximately 6,000 homes. It’s the state’s first utility-scale onshore wind farm, an exciting accomplishment to celebrate. Despite the chilly and windy weather, it was an impressive sight along the ridgeline of Brodie Mountain.
The 15 megawatt project – known as Berkshire Wind – nearly doubles the state’s previous installed wind power capacity. Due to the governor’s leadership in setting aggressive goals for renewable energy, Massachusetts is in the midst of a 30-fold increase in wind power capacity – from 4 megawatts in 2007 to an anticipated 90 megawatts either installed or in design and construction by the end of this year. It’s just one of many milestones we plan to mark this year to celebrate our clean energy revolution.
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.