Commonwealth Solar II

Solar Power Northeast Conference in Boston

On February 5 and 6,  Solar Power Northeast - the region’s largest solar and energy storage event - brought together different sectors of the solar industry at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel to discuss new developments and share ideas. The conference’s sessions followed five main themes: business, technology, and market insight; policy and regulation; ESI – energy storage; advanced topics in solar; and opportunities for collaboration. MassCEC was one of the conference’s industry partners and tabled alongside the Department of Energy Resources at the expo.

The Future of Solar Design

Event Time: 
Monday, September 28, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Event Location: 
ML Strategies
1 Financial Center 38th Floor
Boston , MA 02111
(617) 297-7614

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.

Solar Energy Technology and Innovation in Mexico

Event Time: 
Monday, October 05, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, October 06, 2015 (All day)
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Hotel Fiesta Inn Insurgentes Viaducto Av. Insurgentes Sur 553 Cold. Escandon 11800 Mexico City (Distrito Federal)
Av. Insurgentes Sur 553 Cold. Escandon (Distrito Federal)
Mexico City 11800

Hotel Fiesta Inn Insurgentes Viaducto

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


Financing PV

Mechanisms, sources, opportunities, and roadblocks in the

solar field.



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


Closing reception


The NetZero Home

Event Time: 
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Event Location: 
TechSandBox Inc.
105B South Street
Hopkinton , MA 01748



Clean tech, energy, wind, solar, hydro electric, fuel cell, bio fuels    

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 Transformations    Net Zero Home Westborough, MA
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.


Webinar: Energy Storage for Demand Charge Management

Event Time: 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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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.

Guest Speakers:

  • 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.

MAPC Solar Webinar II: Models for Municipal Solar Outreach Programs; Solarize Mass and EnergySage platform

Event Time: 
Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Event Location: 
Remote Location

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.

Wrentham Solar & Wind Turbine Tour w/ Candy Tasting

Event Time: 
Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Event Location: 
Mount Saint Mary's Abbey
300 Arnold St
Wrentham , MA 02093
617-524-3950 x5

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.