Clean Power Blog

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.

These days, technology is progressing at a pace like never before. People today are having a harder time than ever discerning science fiction from, you know, actual science.

George Takei can certainly relate – he’s been going to warp speed since 1966.

While we can’t bend space and time just yet, the city of Boston is playing host to companies developing technologies previously unimagined.

Takei recently brought his YouTube series, Takei’s Take, to the area to film a four-part piece on the tech scene in the Greater Boston area including a stop by Greentown Labs in Somerville, one of the country's largest cleantech incubators, and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology's Media Lab.

 

 

One of the more common critiques that we at MassCEC hear over and over again from employers is that students need to be receiving education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at a younger and younger age in order to prepare themselves for jobs in the rapidly expanding clean energy economy.

To help tackle this challenge, the Greater Lawrence Technical School is using funding from  MassCEC's Learn and Earn pilot program, which enables high school students to participate in paid internships at their respective high schools and work on clean energy projects over the summer months. Students at Greater Lawrence are currently working on ground-level practice roofs installing solar electric systems, with their final project being a fully-functional solar array at their school.

Greater Lawrence is a prime example of a school using all of the resources available to it in order to better prepare its students for the future. Leveraging expertise from the recent Solarize Andover initiative, as well as local employers and educational partners, Greater Lawrence aims to take advantage of the community’s experience with installing solar systems so that students can learn about the technology that comprises the largest segment of renewable energy employment in the Commonwealth. Crucially, this program also seeks to alleviate another common major issue: teen summer unemployment.