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One of the outdoor units for the whole-home heat pump system at the author’s home. 

September 13, 2021

MassCEC Pilot Showcases Success of Whole Home Heat Pumps

Heat pumps can serve as a whole-home heating and cooling solution in Massachusetts. That was the primary takeaway of MassCEC’s Whole-Home Heat Pump Pilot, which ran from May 2019 through June 2021. And whole-home heat pumps will be fundamental to the Commonwealth meeting... READ THE FULL POST

July 22, 2021

Innovating Access to Clean Energy Benefits: EmPower Program Overview

At the SmartGrowth America Equity Summit in January 2021, Sekita Grant, Vice President of Programs for The Solutions Project, stated, “The people closest to the problems innovate the most effective solutions.”   This simple, yet critical... READ THE FULL POST

June 22, 2021

The Cultivation of the Clean Energy Economy: Community Campaigns and Installers

In a previous blog in this series, we highlighted two MassCEC programs, HeatSmart and Solarize Massachusetts, to show how these programs acted as seeds for... READ THE FULL POST

May 12, 2021

The Cultivation of the Clean Energy Economy in Massachusetts

As the spring crowds walk through the Boston Public Garden, soaking in the beauty of this enclave of nature in the center of a concrete and steel jungle, it is interesting to think that every cherry blossom tree began as a seed. After these seeds are planted and before the cherry blossom trees... READ THE FULL POST

Screengrab of trainee signalling down a crane for a turbine blade lift in VR.

April 02, 2021

Virtual Reality is Bringing Wind Turbines to a Classroom Near You

We often understand the coming offshore wind boom through statistics, but have we thought about what those numbers really mean? How big is a 14-megawatt turbine, really? What is it like standing on top of a 300-foot turbine (30 stories)? What does it mean to train 77,000 new workers nationwide in... READ THE FULL POST

This month, MassCEC launched a weatherization checklist to help homeowners get the most out of a visit with a home energy assessment professional.

March 31, 2021

March Whole-Home Heat Pump Pilot Update: Apply by June!

MassCEC is accepting new applications for our whole-home air-source heat pump pilot program from now until the pilot closes on June 25, 2021. Applications must be received by that date, but approved projects will have at least six months to complete... READ THE FULL POST

An illustration of a 19th century two-family home in Salem, MA. The second-floor unit has converted from a natural gas furnace to a centrally ducted air-source heat pump.  

February 16, 2021

February Whole-Home Heat Pump Pilot Update: Higher Incentives Available through June

MassCEC is pleased to announce higher incentives for our whole-home air-source heat pump pilot program from now until the pilot closes on June 25, 2021. The base incentives for low- and moderate-income households have increased, and we have begun offering an... READ THE FULL POST

Global CO2 Emissions by Sector
February 01, 2021

How MassCEC Supports The Reduction of Embodied Carbon

On April 22, 2020, Earth Day, Governor Charlie Baker formalized that the Commonwealth’s new greenhouse gas emissions limit would be net-zero by 2050. In the fight against climate... READ THE FULL POST

December 07, 2020

Offshore Wind Brings Exciting New Job Opportunities to Martha’s Vineyard

I recently told a friend that I was running a training program for offshore wind. He said wryly, “I’m a big fan.” His joking aside, many people on Martha’s Vineyard and the south coast of Massachusetts are fans of renewable energy—and thankfully their support for the new industry of offshore wind... READ THE FULL POST

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