MassCEC provides rebates and other incentives to residents who are looking to adopt clean energy at their own homes.

Residential incentives offered by MassCEC include rebate programs for solar electricity and solar hot water, vouchers for the replacement wood-burning heating units and assistance with other technologies.

NSTC Sustainability Forum - Community Shared Solar & STEM Energy Curriculum

Event Time: 
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Offices of McLane Law Firm
300 TradeCenter 128, 7th Floor
Woburn , MA 01915

North Shore Technology Council - Sustainability Forum
The energy market is in the midst of profound change with an increased focus on sustainability initiatives at the Federal, State, and Corporate levels. Solar PV systems on residential, commercial and municipal building rooftops are becoming mainstream power generation solutions. Community Shared Solar (CSS) is a new cooperative approach which allows people without the means or physical location to participate in this wave of solar generation growth. Since many of these CSS projects are located on schools, why not use the array as an opportunity to teach the students and the community at large about how we create and use energy? This meshes well with our regions increased focus on STEM subjects, especially at the K-12 level.
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Green Building Dinner with 2015 NESEA Challenge Winner

Event Time: 
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Yarde Tavern
3 Hadley St
South Hadley , MA 01075

The topic of this event will be Green Building and Zero Energy Homes, featuring a presentation by special guest Spartan Giordano, winner of the 2015 NESEA Net Zero Home Challenge and owner of Spartan Solar. Get inspired and enjoy a great meal as Spartan shares how he built a beautiful, super energy efficient home on an average budget with no previous building experience in Greenfield, MA. The presentation will be followed by a casual Q&A session and open discussion.
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Dinner clubs are designed with the intent of bringing in people of all stripes- from energy experts to interested beginners- to mix, share, and learn from each other. We provide a fun and engaging forum for members of the community to meet, and discuss how we can create a just and sustainable energy future in the Pioneer Valley. Sponsored by Co-op Power.
Choose your meal from a special menu, which includes a vegetarian option. Please RSVP by 4/29 so we can get an accurate head count for the restaurant. Space is limited to 50 guests. Cost is $20.


Baker Administration Announces $900,000 Investment in Woodstove Rebate Program

Announcement Date: 
Friday, April 10, 2015

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a $900,000 investment in the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program, which provides rebates to homeowners who replace their older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, EPA-certified models that use less fuel and reduce energy costs.

“New, more efficient woodstoves will save homeowners money on wood costs, while improving public health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Woodstove Change-Out Program is an important part of the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to clean energy, and a healthy environment.”

Launched in 2012, the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program is administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).

“This program is a perfect example of a multi-agency partnership that results in the use of lower-cost fuels and more efficient technology for Massachusetts' residents, which will ultimately protect air quality in our neighborhoods,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg.

The program has helped more than 850 residents swap out their dirty, inefficient stoves for newer, cleaner models, with more than 350 of these rebates going to low-income residents. Residents installing new stoves can expect to save an average of $2,000 for each cord of wood they are currently burning, over the lifetime of the stove.

EPA-certified stoves on average require one-third of the amount of renewable wood sources to produce the same amount of heat as older models, while releasing 70 to 90 percent less particulate matter, which has been shown to lead to health conditions like asthma. Every 100 new stoves burning one cord of wood each per year reduce an amount of greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking nearly 50 cars off the road.

“Clean energy comes in many forms, and this program will once again allow homeowners to take control of their energy use, improve their own environment and save money at the same time,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton.

“These rebates will make a big financial difference to those purchasing the cleaner and more efficient models,” said DOER Acting Commissioner Dan Burgess. “These new stoves will reduce emissions, heat more effectively and will improve the health and comfort for homes across the Commonwealth.”

Rebates range from $750 to $1,250, depending on emission levels and type of stove, and from $1,750 to $2,250 for residents who meet certain income requirements.

“This is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to upgrade, save, and innovate,” said Senate Majority Leader Harriette L. Chandler.  “I hope that many homeowners will take advantage of the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program.”

“The Woodstove Rebate Program is a great investment towards reducing our carbon footprint while also reducing energy costs for the citizens of Worcester and across the Commonwealth,” said State Representative John J. Mahoney

Residents must have an existing and operational non-EPA-certified woodstove to qualify for a rebate. To apply for a rebate, residents must visit a participating woodstove retailer, who will handle the application process on the residents’ behalf.

Rebate applications will be accepted until at least May 22, 2015, with the deadline being extended if funds remain. Residents can find a local participating woodstove professional by visiting

Solar Open House!

Event Time: 
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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Event Location: 
5 Landau Rd
Plainville , MA 01730

Carol Casey is inviting her neighborhood and anyone who is interested in going solar to her solar open house!
Come stop by for a few minutes for some food and fun, and find out how you can get rid of that overpriced electric bill! Find out how easy and worry-free it was for Carol to go solar with no money out of her pocket and why she thinks everyone should do the same!
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High Performance New Construction and Solar Homes Seminar

Event Time: 
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Event Location: 
The Scottish Rite Museum and Library
33 Marrett Road
Lexington , MA 02421

Hosted by MassCEC and Mass Save, the High Performance New Construction and Solar Homes Seminar will focus on the Massachusetts Residential New Construction Program, high performance new construction and residential solar PV.
This event includes presentations and a networking lunch. 
For more information and to register, click here.

Earth Day Building Tech Forum

Event Time: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Event Location: 
23 Drydock Ave 6th Floor
Boston , MA

The US Green Building Massachusetts Chapter is organizing an Earth Day event to recognize clean tech and building tech companies and leaders in Massachusetts. We want YOU to be there!
Come gather with your colleagues in the real estate sector to discover, share, and converse on the topic of innovation in building design, construction, facility management and related realms.
Problem-solvers and innovators in the building industry encouraged to attend!
We want to collect firms who are making products and designing services which will improve the performance of buildings, improve the building user experience, and improve the environmental sustainability of buildings. 
This is a major component of the Massachusetts economy and we want all involved to meet and mix to raise the profile of the "Building Tech" sector!

  • Introduction from the USGBC MA Chapter
  • Opening Remarks from Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matt Beaton
  • Panel of leaders in the Clean Tech and Building Industry

Networking and interacting with over 200 professionals from startups, academic labs, and innovative companies who are defining the next frontier in the real estate industry.
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Hors d’oeuvres and drinks throughout the evening 
Special demonstrations and interactive challenges!

BuildingEnergy 15 Conference and Tradeshow

Event Time: 
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (All day) to Thursday, March 05, 2015 (All day)
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Event Location: 
Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston , MA 02210

The BuildingEnergy 15 Conference & Tradeshow is the Northeast's premier gathering for sustainable design, high performance building, and renewable energy professionals. Produced by volunteer members of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), 3,500+ gather to discuss sustainability in the built environment. Attendees span all sectors of the building & energy industries so you can ask tough questions, get honest answers, and strengthen your practice. Up to 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available.
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Focus on Real Estate

Event Time: 
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Quincy Chamber of Commerece
180 Old Colony Ave. 3rd Floor
Quincy , MA

This panel discussion will cover a wide range of aspects of small scale green energy residential projects. These aspects include retrofits,high performance buildings, and historical properties. The speakers will be talking about their presentations at Mass Energy which is a yearly NESEA Conference.
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NESEA ProTour with Noble Home in Shelburne Falls

Event Time: 
Friday, February 06, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
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Event Location: 
Buckland-Shelburne Community Center + homes nearby
53 Main Street
Shelburne , MA 01370

Join NESEA on a Pro Tour of two sites by Noble Home - maker of high-quality, custom-built passive solar kit homes - in Colrain and Shelburne, MA. In Colrain we'll get a tour of a demonstration kit home that promotes sustainability through and affordable, super-insulated shell and in Shelburne we'll tour a passive solar expansion of a family home designed for hands-on homeowners.
Space is limited | 2.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
Member registration: $25 | Non-member registration: $35
The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the region’s leading membership organization promoting sustainable energy practices in the built environment. Although we are based in Greenfield, MA, we represent members in all ten Northeastern states, and host events throughout the Northeast.

For an event agenda and to register, please click here.