Clean Power Blog

Already a hit among students and clean energy companies across the Commonwealth, MassCEC's Clean Energy Internship Program has recently been racking up the hardware.

Earlier this fall, the program, which funds internships for college students and recent graduates at clean energy companies, was named State and Local Government Initiative of the Year by the International Renewable Energy Council (IREC) during its prestigious 3iAwards, handed out at the Solar Power International conference in Las Vegas. Receiving this honor is no small feat, considering that the best and brightest programs from across the country all come out to compete for this sought-after award.

As if that wasn't enough, just today the program brought home one of the Clean Energy States Alliance’s SLICE awards, ranking it among the best programs in the country at accelerating the development of clean energy technologies.

Since its inception in 2011, the program has been a win-win for students and the companies at which they intern. Students gain invaluable on-the-job working experience as they prepare for clean energy careers, while host companies receive help as they grow their businesses, with the added bonus of knowing that they are helping to train the next generation of clean energy workers.

Wednesday was an exciting day for cleantech collaboration and innovation in Massachusetts! 

To kick off the day at MassCEC’s Forum 20/20 conference, MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton joined Dr. Cheryl Martin, acting director of the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), to announce the signing of a partnership agreement the two agencies designed to enhance collaboration in research, development, demonstration and deployment of clean technologies.

Gov. Deval Patrick capped off the conference by announcing the launch of AmplifyMass, a new program to support companies and researchers entering the ARPA-E program, and announcing the latest rounds of InnovateMass and Catalyst.

All told, the $2.5 million in funding opportunities will assist emerging clean energy companies and researchers hone their products and services, driving innovation in the Commonwealth and creating local jobs.

Through the agreement with ARPA-E and the launch of AmplifyMass, we are formalizing a partnership that has seen MassCEC provide $2 million is matching funds to seven ARPA-E awardees, companies that have gone on to raise more than $200 million in follow-on funding, employ more than 280 workers, and construct multiple pilot manufacturing facilities here in the Commonwealth.

A global push towards clean energy would result in cleaner air, healthier people and a booming economy.

That was the case made Thursday by United States Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Gov. Deval Patrick during an event at MassCEC's Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown.

Before making their remarks, Secs. Kerry and Hammond and Gov. Patrick toured the WTTC with Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett and MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton.