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Vermont and Massachusetts Named to the “Dazzling Dozen” List of Leading Solar States

Environment America released a new report Tuesday ranking America’s top solar states and considering best practices for adopting their policies and growth strategies to grow the industry. The report, titled “Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States,” included Massachusetts and Vermont, demonstrating the region’s continued leadership in clean energy...

Lee Solar Project Promises a Million in Savings

The town of Lee, Massachusetts is finalizing arrangements for a 3-megawatt solar energy project, bringing $1.5 million in savings to taxpayers and moving another municipal solar project towards realization. Boston-based Broadway Electric plans to spend $11.8 million to develop three solar arrays on town property, overseeing the process from construction to continued maintenance. Lee currently...

SEIA Names Senator Benjamin Downing 2013 Legislator of the Year

When it comes to renewable energy, 2013 marks a year of outstanding achievement for Massachusetts. While MA has excelled in all renewable energy subsectors, as evidenced by its #1 Policy rank in Clean Edge’s 2013 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index, in-state solar developments have advanced with particular success. As of May, 2013, MA installed 250...

Solar Panel Parking Lots Prosper at Local Schools

The concept of “education in action” is widely valued among schools, colleges and universities nationwide; classroom learning is crucial, but real-world observation and application of classroom lessons foster deeper understanding and engagement. Bristol Community College (BCC) is capitalizing on this reality by installing solar panel canopies over various parking lots on campus, according to SouthCoast...

Adoption rates increase utility interest in renewable energy

As declines in the cost of renewable energy projects continue, opportunities for collaboration have grown. Last week, Bloomberg’s Julie Johnsson outlined a unique partnership between Ted Turner and Southern Co. to develop solar farms in the southwest region of the U.S. Five large solar projects have been jointly purchased since 2010 by the philanthropist and...

Gov. Patrick: MA Solar Target Reached 4 Years Early; New Goal Set

Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the solar goal set in 2007 of 250 megawatts of residential and commercial solar energy installed in the Commonwealth has been reached four years early, and set an ambitious new goal of 1,600 MW by 2020. Gov. Patrick was joined by Energy & Environmental Affair Secretary Rick Sullivan and...

Solar Industry Magazine Highlights NECEC CT RPS Position

The New England Clean Energy Council was featured in a recent Solar Industry article on the debate over the future of Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has recommended changing the RPS to increase the Class I resource target from 20% by 2020 to 25% by 2025, and allowing...

MA Secretary Rick Sullivan Delivers Regional State of the Commonwealth

Today, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan delivered a Regional State of the Commonwealth Address in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Secretary Sullivan focused on the growth of the clean energy industry in the region, and discussed the significance of the Port of New Bedford as a regional driver of clean energy industry investment...

“Kickstarting” Clean Energy

Financing can often be a barrier to project development. Creative financing mechanisms are often talked about, and it is refreshing to see examples being acted upon. Since the passage of the JOBS act in April of last year, online crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter have given entrepreneurs easier access to capital through non-traditional means.  This...

Connecticut Benefits from Solar Company Expansion

Energy initiatives put in place by the state of Connecticut through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) are paying off for jobseekers and ratepayers. In a press release today, Governor Malloy highlighted some of the advantages of his administration’s initiatives: “I am pleased...

Globe Editorial: “Solar-energy investments are paying off in Mass.”

This editorial originally appeared in the November 23, 2012 edition of the Boston Globe   After decades of promise, solar energy is finally becoming more available in Massachusetts, through a wise use of government subsidies. The state is driving down costs by providing financial incentives for homeowners to install solar panels, and for utilities to buy back...

116 Boston Households to Install Solar with Solarize Mass Program

116 Boston households have signed contracts to install solar systems through Solarize Mass-Boston. The number of residential solar projects in the city will soon double, thanks to this hugely successful program. Boston residents and businesses were offered a group buying program because the systems were purchased in bulk; the more people who signed up, the...