Clean Power Blog


An illustration of a home in Medford, MA with a ducted whole-home air-source heat pump system and 12 kW of solar.

August 31, 2020

August Whole-Home Heat Pump Pilot Update: Apply by the End of the Year!

MassCEC is entering the final stretch of our whole-home air-source heat pump pilot. We are accepting new applications through December 18, 2020, although projects will have an additional six months (retrofits) to one year (new construction) to install the heat... READ THE FULL POST

July 28, 2020

Meeting the Promise of Offshore Wind Energy: Training the Massachusetts Workforce

Offshore wind energy is about to make a big splash off the shores of Massachusetts. Driven by falling project development costs, climate change legislation, aging and retiring power plants, and calls for greater energy security, the offshore wind industry is making the long-awaited jump from more... READ THE FULL POST

Photo of condo building under construction courtesy of Paul Brennan.

July 07, 2020

Could Buildings Become A Solution to Global Warming? Addressing the Impacts of Embodied Carbon

There is no doubt among scientists that climate change is real, and humans are the cause. Since the industrial revolution, the average global temperature has risen by 1° Celsius (C). We already see the effects of this through extreme weather patterns, loss of biodiversity and sea level rise. The... READ THE FULL POST

This image shows a sample natural gas bill for a residential Eversource customer in Massachusetts. Eversource has information about understanding your natural gas bill on their website.

June 16, 2020

June Whole-Home Heat Pump Pilot Update: Pilot Extended through December 2020

MassCEC has extended the deadline for our whole-home air-source heat pump pilot through December 18, 2020 or as long as there is available budget. The pilot launched in May 2019, and so far we have awarded a total of $200,000 to 61 projects out of an... READ THE FULL POST

June 15, 2020

Tethys Knowledge Base Advances Responsible Ocean Energy Development

Offshore wind energy development is just beginning to make progress in the United States, and as this new industry takes off, data regarding potential effects of offshore wind development on marine organisms, habitats, and ecosystem processes are needed to help inform project permitting and siting... READ THE FULL POST

May 06, 2020

Training Opportunities and Job-Seeker Resources for the Clean Energy Industry

On March 10th, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 virus, which was officially defined as a pandemic by the World Health Organization a day later. As many necessary precautions are being taken to “flatten the curve” of cases and save lives... READ THE FULL POST

This illustration of a whole-home air-source heat pump system from MassCEC’s Clean Energy Lives Here campaign shows a mix of ducted and ductless units, which has been a popular combination in the whole-home pilot.

April 30, 2020

Lessons from the Field: April Whole-Home Heat Pump Pilot Update

MassCEC's whole-home air-source heat pump pilot program has been running for about nine months now. We currently have 50 approved projects, with 26 existing building retrofits and 24 new construction or gut rehab projects. Project applications have slowed but... READ THE FULL POST

April 28, 2020

Permitting and Inspection for Clean Energy Projects through the COVID-19 Emergency

The need to socially isolate to reduce transmission of COVID-19 coronavirus has led to great uncertainty across the Commonwealth. One common question is which businesses can continue to operate, and how they can continue to do so safely. The clean energy industry is no exception. MassCEC has... READ THE FULL POST

April 22, 2020

This Earth Day: Make your plan with Clean Energy Lives Here

On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is launching our Clean Energy Lives Here campaign. This campaign will address an issue fundamental to our ability to decarbonize our buildings: consumer education and planning.... READ THE FULL POST

April 03, 2020

Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources through the CARES Act

Our colleagues at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development have encouraged us to share these loan resources with you, provided through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and... READ THE FULL POST