New statewide energy coalition Mass Power Forward encourages residents, politicians to fight for clean energy
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New statewide energy coalition Mass Power Forward encourages residents, politicians to fight for clean energy

A new energy coalition has formed in Massachusetts and is calling for a stronger commitment to powering the commonwealth with clean, renewable energy sources. Members of the new coalition Mass Power Forward held press conferences in Boston, Fall River, Holyoke, Peabody, Pittsfield and Weymouth at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Several Western Massachusetts elected officials and community activists held a press conference outside of Holyoke City Hall. The organization is a partnership of more than 80 groups from across the state. They have broad goals including reducing a dependence on energy sources such as coal, oil, gas and nuclear and increasing the…
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A bright future for roadside solar farms
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A bright future for roadside solar farms

Five solar projects sprouting along the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 3 are not the largest in the state, but they are among the most visible and striking examples of a solar industry that has grown more rapidly than most policy makers and energy specialists ever imagined. As tens of thousands of commuters whiz by, the gleaming rows of solar panels in locations like the Interstate 90 service plaza in Framingham, an embankment on the turnpike near Natick, or a rest area on Route 3 in Plymouth show how solar power has been integrated into daily life. The Framingham and Natick…
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Why Plug Into Solar Energy?
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Why Plug Into Solar Energy?

Guest post from JNA Solar Why should you plug into solar energy? Solar energy is one of the many answers to our global energy needs. The sun is free and shining with limitless abundance everyday. Solar is a natural, eco-friendly answer to providing renewable, affordable power through an ever expanding array of different products. Whether you need to light up your patio, heat the pool, water the garden or run your home or business, solar has an inexpensive alternative that is worth considering. When you see a product that includes a photo voltaic cell, you know it’s powered by the sun.…
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20% by 2025, 50% Community Solar, No Net Metering Caps, 15-26 Initiative Petition
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20% by 2025, 50% Community Solar, No Net Metering Caps, 15-26 Initiative Petition

Wednesday at 11:00 AM, Maura Healy, the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts certified MA 15-26 INITIATIVE PETITION that it is in proper form for submission to the people.  The Certification plus a fair and concise SUMMARY of 15-26 INITIATIVE PETITION drafted by the Attorney Generals Office and the INITIATIVE PETITION FOR A LAW RELATIVE TO SOLAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGY are linked to here. Now the real work begins.  To be taken seriously by the legislature we need 100,000 signatures to net out 65,000 certified signatures by the registrar of each municipality by the third week in November.  The…
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What is an SREC in Massachusetts?
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What is an SREC in Massachusetts?

A Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) is a way to measure the amount of clean electricity a solar power system produces. Power companies - the utilities like Eversource, National Grid, Western Massachusetts Electric - are required to produce a certain amount of clean energy, or to purchase it from those who build their own solar power system. The current price of an SREC-II (see below for explanation) can be found on SRECTrade.com - they are currently approximately $315/each. Month Solar Radiation (kWh/m2/day) AC Energy ( kWh ) January 2.73 373 February 3.67 447 March 4.58 602 April 5.35 663 May 5.78 715 June 6.15 716 July 6.39…
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Hillary Clinton calling for a 700% increase in Solar Power – is solar power now politically sexy?

Presidential front runner Hillary Clinton recently pitched to the nation, "I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency," Clinton said at a rally on Sunday in Ames, Iowa. "And I’ve got to tell you, people who argue against this are just not paying attention." Her campaign said the goals would lead to a 700 percent increase in the nation's installed solar capacity from current levels, and eventually could lead to the generation of at least one third of all electricity from renewable sources. Source Being the Commercial Solar Guy this is a pretty significant thing to…
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