The Lowest Cost Energy Choice for Property Owners

  Like any business, owners of commercial properties are constantly faced with choices  regarding capital investment options that will improve a building’s value and reduce operating costs. Investing in energy systems can offer some of the most compelling business cases due to incentives offered by the federal and state governments. However, to take full advantage Read More

Understanding Different Benefits of the Two Ways to go Solar Under the SMART Program

  Solar energy is about to get a lot more attractive for commercial property owners in Massachusetts. Under the state’s new solar energy incentive program (known by its acronym SMART) building owners will now have the option to build “stand alone” solar energy projects on their roofs.   To better understand this new option it’s Read More

Solar Powered Manufacturing Recap

  The manufacturing industry has faced its fair share of challenges in the United States. As the global economy has driven more and more facets of the industry overseas where overhead is less expensive, and regulatory restrictions are less severe – allowing for larger margins and easier operation. However, many companies have remained dedicated to Read More

Q&A with Steve Bianchi: Importance of Proactive Maintenance of Solar Energy Systems

Starting this summer, Massachusetts is altering its solar incentive policies with changes that will  better suit real estate developers and property owners with tenant occupied buildings, than the previous SREC program. With the expected growth of solar energy systems in the real estate sector, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at Read More

State Energy Policy for Storage Requires Interim Step to Achieve Long-Term Vision

-FEATURE- Last week Governor Baker submitted a significant bond bill to the legislature calling for a $1.4B authorization for climate adaptation, mitigation and infrastructure investment. While the dollar amounts grab the headlines, there is also an important and innovative piece of policy buried within the bill, establishing a “clean peak energy standard” (CPS).  A clean Read More

Celebrating Harvard’s New, Ultra-efficient Building – HouseZero

We wanted to extend our congratulations to Harvard’s Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) – a part of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD).  On Wednesday, the CGBC marked the completion of the transformation of its headquarters into an ultra-efficient building, now dubbed HouseZero. The comprehensive retrofit of the 1940’s stick house Read More

Statement from Solect Energy Regarding Solar Energy Systems and Severe Storm Impacts

In light of the recent severe storms that have affected the entire Northeast, Solect Energy, a leading provider of commercial scale solar energy systems, has issued the following guidelines for owners of solar systems to help them better manage their solar assets during and after storms. Dealing with snow: Solar energy systems are designed to Read More

The New Massachusetts Solar Incentive Program is a “SMART” Investment for Real Estate Owners

Starting July 1, 2018, Massachusetts will be switching to a new incentive program for solar energy systems. The new program is called the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target, or simply, the SMART program. The existing program, known as SREC II, will continue up until the transition date. The new program makes a number of significant changes Read More