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Massachusetts is well-known for its rich tech sector. According to the Mass Technology Leadership Council’s 2014 State of Technology Report, the state’s tech sector directly employs over 200,000 people. The sector is rapidly growing, and the state is increasingly taking notice of the vibrant startup community that has made its home here in the Commonwealth.

Earlier this month, members of the Legislature’s Tech Hub Caucus unveiled the Innovative Communities legislation, an initiative that aims to create a program to help startup companies pilot their innovative products and services with municipalities throughout the state. Filed by State Sen. Karen Spilka and Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, both chairs of the Caucus, the bill is another step on the ongoing trajectory of greater collaboration between the Massachusetts public sector and the Commonwealth’s startup tech community.

The MassCEC Commonwealth Solar II Rebate Program has awarded over 10,000 rebates to Massachusetts residents, totaling over $28 million toward solar for homes and businesses.

The success of this program is representative of the success of solar throughout the state. In 2014, Massachusetts ranked 4th in the country for solar installations, adding over 308 megawatts of solar electric capacity.  There are over 26,000 residential solar systems in the state today, contributing to a total of over 841 megawatts of installed capacity.

Massachusetts is now over halfway to achieving its goal of 1,600 megawatts of solar installed by 2020!

This program successfully closed in January 2015, after five years of providing rebates to Massachusetts residents. It grew over its course, increasing from 137 installed systems during the first round of funding, to over 1,000 in the final rounds. The incentives decreased from an average of about 20 percent of the total system cost during the first round to an average of about 6 percent of the cost during the last round.

Increased participation, despite lower incentive levels, shows that the program was successful in stimulating the solar industry, and that the solar market is on the rise.  The industry now employs over 12,000 workers.  Since 2010, prices of solar installations have dropped by 49 percent in Massachusetts, making solar a more competitive, attainable renewable resource for homeowners.

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You can burn less wood and reduce emissions by 70 percent when you replace your non-EPA certified stove with a cleaner, more efficient model. And if you act now, MassCEC will help!

On April 10, MassCEC launched the 2015 Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program. Any Massachusetts resident who currently operates a non-EPA certified woodstove can apply for an instant discount of up to $2,250 on a new wood or pellet stove. With over 450 stoves to choose from, this program has a stove for every customer.

You can apply for this discount through any participating stove retailer. Get started by contacting one of the retailers listed on the Woodstove Change-Out page. All you need is a copy of your electric bill and a few details about your old stove. The retailer will take care of the rest.

Customers who meet program requirements are guaranteed to receive an instant discount when they apply before the deadline of May 22. More information about the program, including a list of participating stove professionals, can be found at the Woodstove Change-Out page.