Clean Power Blog

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, November 19, at our first ever Boston Cleanweb Tech Night. This event is part of our ongoing Cleanweb Meetup Series that started following this year’s Cleanweb Hackathon back in April. One main objective of MassCEC’s Cleanweb programming has been to bring the cleantech and tech/IT communities together and increase the visibility of cleanweb companies and opportunities in Boston and across the Commonwealth. (See below if you are unfamiliar with the term “cleanweb”).

The Cleanweb Tech Night will feature a panel discussion and Q&A session followed by time for networking. The aim is to bring together developers, programmers, data analysts and computer science professionals from the tech sector to learn about cleantech from energy and resource experts working in cleanweb. The panelists bring a wide range of energy/resource backgrounds including energy production, grid-modernization, energy efficiency and water. Panelists will share their experience in the industry and discuss technologies and projects they are currently working on.


·      Martin Flusberg (Powerhouse Dynamics)

·      Jamie Lefkowitz (OptiRTC)

·      Chris Davis (Cimcon Lighting Inc.)


·      Thomas Burton (Mintz Levin)

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)

Where: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center - 63 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110

What’s the best way to get from Bar Harbor, Maine to Boston? By BIKE of course! Last month, MassCEC’s Lisa Dobbs and Anna Stern biked 390 miles through scenic Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts as part of the “Climate Ride Northeast.” Dobbs, Stern and their 117 fellow riders raised over $424,000 for organizations supporting clean energy and practices before embarking on a five-day ride down the coast. Each rider set up a fundraising campaign and chose whichever of the over 100 “environmentally friendly” beneficiaries Climate Ride supports.

For Climate Ride Northeast, the riders began in Bar Harbor, Maine and hit the finish line in our very own Boston Common. The bikers’ average ride was 50 – 100 miles daily through challenging yet beautiful landscapes. At the end of each day, they settled into a campground to rest. Speakers presented along the ride about a range of environmental topics from ocean conservation to how climate change affects women's health.

In the seven years since the first Climate Ride, participants have raised over $2 million for sustainability, green technology, climate change remediation and active transportation. Climate Ride strives to raise awareness about climate change and demonstrate the ability of the bicycle to be a carbon-free, practical method of transportation. All Climate Ride events ban plastic bottles, while every support vehicle runs on vegetable oils. Climate Ride’s office buys carbon offsets to decrease their carbon footprint. 

The eighth edition of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Tracking the Sun report, released last month, reflects rapidly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices in 2014 that are consistent with previous years’ trends and seem on track to continue into 2015. Data shows that from 2013 to 2014, the national median installed prices dropped by 9 percent for residential systems, 10 percent for small (500 kW or lower) residential systems, and 21 percent for large non-residential systems (greater than 500 kW). 2014 marks the fifth consecutive year that prices have declined at such a steep rate.                         







Fig. 7. Median Installed Price Trends Over Time