On Monday, Energy and Environmental Affairs Sec. Rick Sullivan joined MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton and Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia to announce the 15 participating communities in the new round of Solarize Mass. The announcement was made in front of a large crowd of past and present Solarize volunteers at Atkins Farm in Amherst.
Commonwealth Solar II
On the afternoon of September 28, SEBANE will be convening a forum on the future of solar design. The event will feature two speakers who stand ready to help as your organization faces new code requirements and an increasing need for high-quality performance monitoring for all PV systems—from residential scale to multi-MW scale projects. In addition, David O'Connor of ML Strategies will provide a briefing on the state of play of solar legislation in Massachusetts. A cocktail reception will follow.
Av. Insurgentes Sur 553 Cold. Escandon
11800 Mexico City (Distrito Federal)
The MIT Photovoltaics Research Laboratory, in partnership with the Mexican Energy Secretariat (SENER) and with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, is organizing a workshop in Mexico City on October 5th and 6th.
This innovation and technology-driven workshop will facilitate the dialogue between:
· Massachusetts and Mexican companies along the entire PV value chain, from early-stage investors to module and energy storage manufacturers
· Mexican government representatives
· Applied research and development experts
· Establish partnerships and personal connections between Massachusetts and Mexican stakeholders
· Gain insights into recent Mexican energy policy reforms and associated opportunities
· Discover a path for emerging technologies to maximize the return on R&D investment
Discussions will be led by speakers from MIT, Harvard, MassCEC, NREL, and Fraunhofer CSE.
Day 1 – October 5th
Day 2 – October 6th
New energy reforms in Mexico
Opportunities in the Mexican energy landscape
Mechanisms, sources, opportunities, and roadblocks in the
Companies, government, and R&D experts share products,
services, and expertise
Maximizing return on R&D investment
Strategies to increase the pace of innovation through R&D
Accelerating Tech Innovation in PV from lab to market
Surviving the valley of death
Facilitating US-Mexico business collaboration
Linking experienced entrepreneurs from US(MA) and Mexico
Reliability standards for PV deployment
Ensuring sustainable growth of PV (systems) in Mexico
Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Fuel Cells, Solar Panels, Biofuels, Biomass, Hydroelectric power, Water purification, Building monitoring, Transportation, Waste Treatment and More.
August 18: The Reality of a Net Zero Home (click to register: early bird until one week prior)
“Net Zero” is when you create as much energy as you use/need. Let's see how this is possible while still living in a world of electronics, cold weather, and life!
Carter Scott, President of Transformations, Inc., our discussion leader, has years of experience designing, producing, financially justifying, and winning competitions for energy efficient homes – with special emphasis on Net Zero housing.
He’ll outline the Net Zero movement’s early days, challenges, satisfactions and future, while relating his leadership role.
R. Carter Scott is President of Transformations, Inc., a net zero energy development and building company in Massachusetts. His numerous projects have been written about in the SOLAR TODAY and Fine Homebuilding magazines and have appeared on the Discovery Channel and This New House TV shows. Awards have included the Massachusetts 2009 Zero Energy Challenge competition, the 2013 Zero Net Energy Public Impact Award from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and two 2013 Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. He is currently a member of the Governor Baker’s Zero Net Energy Building Advisory Council.
Maya Gilchrist, Solar Incentive Program Fellow
Thanks to a total of 141 participants, MassCEC’s Mass Solar Connect pilot program has surpassed 1 Megawatt of contracted solar energy capacity. Education, outreach and community organizing have made this feat in solar adoption possible.
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.
This webinar is free but registration is required.
To register, click here.
Non-residential utility customers face two charges on their electricity bills: one for the volume of electricity used (kilowatt-hours) and one for the maximum power used during a billing period (kilowatts). This second of these charges is known as the demand charge. In some regions, it can account for well over half of a customer’s electricity bill.
Solar installations tend to reduce the volumetric side of the bill, through direct energy consumption and net-metering but do little to reduce peak demand. With the addition of an energy storage system, consumers have the potential to significantly reduce the cost of demand charges. This process of demand management is known as “peak shaving”.
A wide variety of facilities can benefit from demand charge management - from commercial housing and businesses to schools and wastewater treatment facilities. Not only can these facilities benefit from energy storage through utility cost savings, they can also use the system to supply emergency power to critical loads when the grid is down. Depending on the utility rate structure and available revenue opportunities, this reliable resilient power can be provided essentially free of cost to the facility.
This webinar will introduce the concept of energy storage for demand charge management and features guest speakers from two companies offering demand management solutions - Green Charge Networks and Schneider Electric.
- Steve Kelley, Senior Vice President of Sales, Green Charge Networks
- Mark Johnson, Smart Cities & MW Battery Energy Storage, Schneider Electric
For more information on Clean Energy Group's Resilient Power Project, click here.
The webinar, hosted by MAPC, will walk participants through existing models for municipalities in Massachusetts for administering a Solar Outreach program, with the goal of making it easy for their residents and businesses to learn more about and adopt solar energy. The webinar will include presentations about MassCEC’s highly successful Solarize Mass program, and EnergySage, a new online Solar Marketplace.
For more information and to register, click here.
Join Mass Energy, People’s Power & Light, and the sisters of Mount St. Mary’s Abbey for a renewable energy tour & homemade candy sampling!
The sisters of Mount St. Mary’s Abbey are dedicated to renewable energy and host wind, geothermal and solar on their property. Their 100kW wind turbine supplies Mass Energy and People's Power & Light members with green electricity. At the tour, you'll learn more about the turbine and be able to go inside the tower. Additionally, we'll see one of two solar fields (which collectively add up to 8 MW of solar power) that the sisters host in partnership with the town of Franklin and Kearsage Energy.
This is a free event, open to those interested in learning more about clean energy in our community! Please RSVP here.
Bootcamp is back and the topics have been expanded!
Mass Energy has been offering consumers a green power choice for over ten years. Do you know how the green power market works?
Ever wonder about the many products that everyday consumers, or even entire municipalities, can choose in order to get their electricty from renewable energy?
What are all the options? Which make the most impact within Massachusetts, or nationally? Most importantly, how and why does choosing green electricity make a difference... and when doesn't it?
This workshop, free and offered live and as a webinar, is a great way to get answers to these questions. You will walk away with a clear, actionable plan to make the green electricity choice, whether it is for yourself, your members, or your community.
-Which green power products really make a difference? Why? Which are "greenwashing," and why?
-How does the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard affect green power products?
-What are Massachusetts Class 1 RECs (renewable energy credits) and who is buying them?
-How do the rules of the state market affect utilities and competitive energy suppliers (such as Viridian and Just Energy)? And is switching to a competitive supplier really worth it?
-What is the history and impact of Mass Energy's green power products, New England Wind and New England GreenStart?
-What is Mass Energy doing to bring more renewable energy to our state?
-What is municipal aggregation, and what is Mass Energy doing to make it greener?
-What is causing recent electricity rate hikes?
Lunch and snacks provided!
Although recommended for marketers, community organizers, and communications staff of environmental organizations or municipalities, Bootcamp is open to any of our colleagues interested in sifting through the many choices that consumers now have for choosing green electricity or municipal aggregation. In addition, the workshop is essential training for talking to consumers about green power products.
Space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible.
Contact ET, firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-524-3950 x125 with questions!