Solar Access is a new Massachusetts program for middle-income homeowners.The non-profit Center for EcoTechnology (CET), is offering affordable, renewable energy for your community. Solar Access is funded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER). Working with an energy expert, you will be guided through the program, which adds a special Solar Access incentive to the existing combination of electric utility, state, and federal incentives for renewable energy. By enrolling in a UMassFive College Credit Union loan, you will own your solar panels and a heat pump and will pay less than you spend now.
To see if you qualify go to the following link and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/y9o4w6eq Or call the Center for Eco Technology at 413-341-0418
- Step-by-step guidance
- 10 + year equipment and labor warranties
- One easy monthly payment
- Increased value of your home
- 30% Federal solar tax credit
- 10% Massachusetts solar tax credit
- MassCEC heat pump rebate
- Low Interest Mass Solar Loan with a 30% principal reduction of up to $10,500
- Solar SMART incentive
- Mass Save heat pump rebate
- No interest HEAT Loan
- First 6 months of loan payments made for you by Solar Access
- Have to be the homeowner in order to apply
- Multi-units of up to 4-family units are accepted
- The aim of this program is too set up the loan payments for your solar instillation and electric bill to be equal to, or less than, what you are currently paying for your monthly heating and electric bill.
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At the Windsor Annual Town Meeting of May 7, 2018, both articles submitted by the green committee passed. Town voters approved the expenditure of $10,000 for energy improvements to the town office, to supplement the Green Community grant of $137,880. The 100% Renewable Energy resolution also passed.
» Read the resolution here
Joint report debunks ISO claims about shaky fuel security during cold snaps
by Jake O’Neill, Conservation Law Foundation
May 3, 2018
(BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has released a joint report, Understanding ISO New England’s Operational Fuel Security Analysis, which disproves several key claims made in a recently issued ISO analysis. Undertaken by Synapse Energy Economics on behalf of CLF and partner organizations, the report demonstrates that New England is already on track to ensure a reliable electric power system during even the coldest winters. According to a revised and corrected analysis by the ISO at the request of stakeholders, and contrary to its initial findings just a few months ago, there is virtually zero risk of rolling blackouts in the winter as long as the New England states continue to successfully invest in clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency on the pace required by existing state laws.
“Even in extreme winters far colder than this year’s, New Englanders don’t need to worry about ISO’s ability to keep the lights on as we transition away from fossil fuel electricity,” said David Ismay, Senior Staff Attorney at CLF. “ISO’s initial predictions unnecessarily sounded the alarm based on flawed assumptions and unrealistic scenarios that ignore what the states are already doing to increase system reliability. But ISO’s revised analysis using corrected data proves that the reliability of our energy system will only improve as we continue our move away from harmful fossil fuels like gas and add more clean energy like solar and wind to the grid.”
The report was completed by Synapse on behalf of CLF, Acadia Center, NH Office of the Consumer Advocate, PowerOptions, RENEW Northeast, and Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
» You can read a copy of the report here
WGBH Commentary by Sen. Marc Pacheco
March 26, 2018
On the morning of [Governor Baker’s] bond bill’s public release, I was finally able to read and analyze the administration’s language. What I found was a watered-down version of the Senate’s bill for a comprehensive climate adaptation management plan. This legislation is being misconstrued as a comprehensive piece of climate adaptation management planning when it is only one step of many. A climate adaptation management plan, even in its best form, is only our foundation.
… this bond bill involves the administration’s language on energy resources. As it stands now, the bill’s new “clean peak standard” would allow the administration to define natural gas or dirty fuel as a “clean peak energy resource.” This is an alarming development, one that flies in the face of true proaction, protection and transparency. Fossil fuels are what got us into this mess in the first place, and we should not use them as a pillar of our climate strategy. If we leave this language on the table, it is a clear win for the fossil fuel industry.
» Read the full story
by Robert Walton, Utility Dive
March 20, 2018
• Changes to the United States’ power generation mix last year reflected fuel price fluctuations and the growth of renewable energy, though overall demand fell. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total U.S. net generation fell by 1.5% in 2017, compared with the year before.
• Natural gas generation fell most steeply by 105,443 Gwh, or 7.7%, and coal generation declined 31,248 GWh, or 2.5%. More than 11 GW of capacity retired last year, with most of that being coal.
• Both wind and utility-scale solar cracked new records, according to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Wind accounted for 6.3% of total net generation, and utility-scale solar made up 1.3%.
» Read full story
from Mass Power Forward
Months into 2018, urgency on climate change hasn’t dulled. In fact, with storms, blizzards, floods and power outages, the need for action is becoming ever-more visible. Fortunately, the legislature and governor are considering major action on climate and the environment. In the menatime, we need advocates to keep calling, calling, calling until the legislature acts!
» Read Mass Power Forward’s quick status report on Mass Power Forward priorities