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MassCEC’s Internship Program broke records this summer session, placing 244 interns at 152 companies. The program provides the clean energy community with a talented pool of young professionals, enables students to gain significant career experience in a challenging economic environment and enables clean energy employers to mentor and provide internship opportunities to students across a broad spectrum of backgrounds.

Building 36 Technologies has been participating in the Internship Program since the summer of 2014. Building 36 Technologies provides home energy solutions related to energy management, home automation and damage prevention. The company’s technologies allow you to connect to and control your home and stay informed. The possibilities continue to grow and so does their workforce.

The Internship Program also allows for students to get hired after completing their internships – so far, 96 students have been brought on by their company after completing the program. Most recently, Building 36 Technologies hired Joe Brouillette, who interned with Building 36 this past spring during his final semester at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In his role as the Technical Account Intern –  New England Region, he was responsible for all aspects of the sales cycle including identifying new customers, training installers, facilitating sales to end customers and working closely with Building 36’s distribution partners.

It is well known that the sun supplies significantly more than the amount of energy needed to power the Earth.

In fact, the sun’s rays hitting the Earth continuously provide over 35,000 times the amount of electricity society uses.

Harnessing and storing that solar energy has the potential to help mitigate global climate change by making clean energy accessible throughout all weather and times of day. Currently, only 2 percent of the energy in the United States comes from solar power. If the sun’s energy could be stored more efficiently, we could considerably increase that percentage and transition to a renewable energy future.

The availability of energy storage units that are affordable, reliable, and efficient for both commercial and residential projects has been a hurdle in the industry, but newer models that meet these needs are on the rise. This April, Tesla released a new battery for solar power called the Powerwall, which would allow solar owners to go off-grid. At $3,500 per 10kWh battery, storing power would be a viable option for many residential solar owners.

For larger scale systems, Tesla plans to offer the Powerpack, a 100kWh battery that can be scaled infinitely.

You don’t have to travel too far into the future to find clean energy alternatives being used in everyday life. In fact, you can even travel to the past.

Historical pasts are meeting sustainable futures at several famous landmarks worldwide, which are now being powered with alternative energy – proving that just because a landmark lives in the past doesn’t mean its energy sources have to.

Paris is leading this marriage of antiquity and functionality in a city-wide green effort that has even reached the Eiffel Tower. The 126- year- old landmark has recently been equipped with two on-site wind turbines located on the second floor of the structure’s metal scaffolding.  The two turbines, designed by VisionAIR5, stand at 5.2 meters high and 3.2 meters wide. Having been painted to match the scaffolding and made to operate at a quiet lull due to lower blade tip speed and low number of revolutions per minute (RPM), these turbines don’t distract from the tower’s structural beauty. These turbines are expected to produce 10,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which is the total annual demand of the site’s first floor, restaurants, gift shop and history exhibits.