Retroficiency, CSG Partner on Energy Efficiency Innovation

Massachusetts is continuing to set the pace for energy efficiency innovation.

Boston-based Retroficiency - a provider of proprietary software that focuses on building efficiency intelligence – was recently listed in Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies.  This recognition is due to Retroficiency’s innovative technology that helps building owners use energy more wisely.

MassCEC and MTTC Announce Funding Avaliable for Early-Stage Innovations

Announcement Date: 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) have launched the ninth solicitation for the MassCEC Catalyst Program, which is aimed at commercializing the game-changing clean energy technologies coming out of Massachusetts’ world-class research institutions.

“These grants support Massachusetts clean energy innovations and help to expand the Commonwealth’s growing clean energy sector, which boasts 80,000 workers and 5,500 firms across the state,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan.

“We’re proud work with the MTTC to help clean energy innovators take their ideas from the research lab into the global marketplace,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton.

The MassCEC Catalyst Program, which is funded by MassCEC and managed by MTTC, awards early-stage researchers grant awards up to $40,000 to help demonstrate the commercial viability of their clean energy technology.

“The funding provided through MassCEC’s Catalyst program really helps entrepreneurs at very early stage companies and researchers at Massachusetts universities show the commercial viability of their technologies” said MTTC Director Abi Barrow. “We’re pleased to help distribute these grant awards to move these projects forward.”

Recipients must use funding for projects that move their technologies towards commercialization. This includes gathering initial data to demonstrate proof of concept, how the technology compares to existing technologies and competitive advantages of the technology or to develop a prototype for the technology. The goal of the MassCEC Catalyst Program is to help technologies progress along the development curve to a point where additional commercialization funding can be obtained.

To be eligible for an award, a researcher must be a principal investigator at a Massachusetts-based nonprofit research institution; or a Massachusetts-based early stage clean energy company with four or fewer employees and no more than $1,000,000 in combined equity financing and grant funding.

The first deadline for applicants is March 31, 2014. Application directions are available at: http://www.mattcenter.org/events/grants-home.html

For more information, contact Michele Bernier at the MTTC at mbernier@umassp.edu or 617-287-4088.

 

MassCEC and MTTC Announce Funding Avaliable for Early-Stage Innovations

MassCEC and MTTC Announce Funding Available for Early-Stage Innovations

BOSTON – February 26, 2014 – The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) have launched the ninth solicitation for the MassCEC Catalyst Program, which is aimed at commercializing the game-changing clean energy technologies coming out of Massachusetts’ world-class research institutions.

“These grants support Massachusetts clean energy innovations and help to expand the Commonwealth’s growing clean energy sector, which boasts 80,000 workers and 5,500 firms across the state,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan.

“We’re proud work with the MTTC to help clean energy innovators take their ideas from the research lab into the global marketplace,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton.

The MassCEC Catalyst Program, which is funded by MassCEC and managed by MTTC, awards early-stage researchers grant awards up to $40,000 to help demonstrate the commercial viability of their clean energy technology.

“The funding provided through MassCEC’s Catalyst program really helps entrepreneurs at very early stage companies and researchers at Massachusetts universities show the commercial viability of their technologies” said MTTC Director Abi Barrow. “We’re pleased to help distribute these grant awards to move these projects forward.”

Recipients must use funding for projects that move their technologies towards commercialization. This includes gathering initial data to demonstrate proof of concept, how the technology compares to existing technologies and competitive advantages of the technology or to develop a prototype for the technology. The goal of the MassCEC Catalyst Program is to help technologies progress along the development curve to a point where additional commercialization funding can be obtained.

To be eligible for an award, a researcher must be a principal investigator at a Massachusetts-based nonprofit research institution; or a Massachusetts-based early stage clean energy company with four or fewer employees and no more than $1,000,000 in combined equity financing and grant funding.

The first deadline for applicants is March 31, 2014. Application directions are available at: http://www.mattcenter.org/events/grants-home.html

For more information, contact Michele Bernier at the MTTC at mbernier@umassp.edu or 617-287-4088.

 

Next Round of Commonwealth Woodstove Change-out Program Arrives

On February 18, woodstove owners across the Commonwealth began to fill out applications after Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced a new round of the Commonwealth’s Woodstove Change-out Program, committing up to a million dollars to encourage residents to replace older, inefficient woodstoves with healthier, higher-efficiency models.

MassCEC Launches Program to Provide Clean Energy Training to High School Students

Announcement Date: 
Friday, February 21, 2014

MassCEC Launches Program to Provide Clean Energy Training to High School Students

Learn and Earn will help foster Massachusetts’ clean energy workforce by giving high school students on-the-job training in clean energy careers

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton today announced MassCEC is seeking proposals for the Learn and Earn pilot program, which will prepare Massachusetts high-school students for higher learning opportunities and careers in clean energy and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

“Learn and Earn will put these students on the fast-track to the clean energy careers of tomorrow, while training them in how to tackle the energy challenges of today,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan, who chairs the MassCEC Board of Directors.

“This is an exciting opportunity to provide summer and afterschool jobs for students, while training the generation of workers who will take the already-booming clean energy sector to new heights,” said Barton.

Learn and Earn will award up to four grants of up to $125,000 each to Massachusetts high schools, vocational schools and colleges who successfully build a curriculum that includes classroom education, visits to local clean energy companies and a final group project.

Competitive applications may also include plans to assist students in preparing Advance Placement tests or ways for students to earn college credit.

A full copy of the request for proposals can be found on the program’s website, and applications are due April 28, 2014.

According to MassCEC’s 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, there are nearly 80,000 clean energy workers and 5,550 clean energy companies operating in the Commonwealth.

MassCEC Announces Expansion of Program to Boost Adoption of Solar Hot Water Systems

Announcement Date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2014

 

 

 

 

                       

CEO and Executive Director Alicia Barton

Media contacts:

Matt Kakley

(617) 315-9339

mkakley@masscec.com

MassCEC Announces Expansion of Program to Boost Adoption of Solar Hot Water Systems

Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program provides rebates for the installation of solar hot water systems

BOSTON – February 20, 2014 –Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton today announced an increase in the rebate amounts available for individual projects completed under the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program.

“Solar hot water systems present an opportunity for families and business owners to save money on their water heating bills,” said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan, who chairs the MassCEC Board of Directors. “Expanding rebates will make these projects more affordable, and hopefully allow more people across Massachusetts to participate.”

“By increasing the adoption of clean energy technologies like solar hot water, we can create local jobs and lessen our dependence on costly, dirty fossil fuels,” said Barton.

Launched first as a pilot program in 2011, the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program offers rebates for qualifying solar hot water projects at residential, multi-family, commercial-scale, municipal and non-profit buildings.

Under new guidelines, home and business owners will be eligible for rebates of up to 40 percent of total system costs, up to $4,500 for residential systems or up to $50,000 for commercial-scale systems.

Non-profit organizations and municipalities, who are not eligible for state and federal tax incentives, will be eligible for larger rebates, and additional funding will be available for projects that are installed alongside solar electricity systems.

Solar hot water systems use the sun’s natural energy to heat water for use in homes and businesses, often through roof-mounted panels that look similar to those used to generate solar electricity.

A solar hot water system typically provides between 50 and 75 percent of a household’s hot water needs, and can, in some cases, be used to provide space heating. Roughly 20 percent of the energy consumed by a typical Massachusetts home is used to heat water.

Since its launch, the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program has helped facilitate the installation of nearly 500 systems across Massachusetts.

To find out more about solar hot water, visit www.masscec.com/solarhotwater.      

About MassCEC

Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers.

 

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Green Gaming

As the Massachusetts Gaming Commission considers applicants for a limited number of casino licenses, sustainability and energy efficiency practices are an important factor in the decision.  With the invitation for large entertainment facilities to enter Massachusetts, an exciting new opportunity has been created for clean energy companies in the region to deploy and test their technologies.

Massachusetts Water Delegation Visits Singapore

This past December, Gov. Deval Patrick led a trade mission to Singapore, looking to expand markets for Massachusetts companies and gain exposure to cutting-edge technologies and research.

As part of this effort, MassCEC worked with a delegation of leaders in the Massachusetts water industry to make connections and build professional networks with their counterparts in Singapore’s business, academia and governmental fields, with the aim of learning about the country’s water innovation cluster and gaining exposure to leading-edge technologies and research.

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