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

Solect Energy Sees Acceleration in Solar Adoption by Massachusetts Municipalities, Schools and Nonprofits

Solect and PowerOptions Save Customers More than $20 Million The budget climate is tough all around, but no where is it as challenging as in nonprofits and municipalities, schools, housing authorities and human services organizations.  As administrators sharpen their pencils and look for ways to trim ever rising operating costs, a large line item calls Read More

[NEREJ Feature] Shifting Energy Landscape Represents an Opportunity for Commercial Real Estate and Growing Cannabis Industry

Changes could make it easier, more flexible for commercial real estate owners to provide benefits to growers. Recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts are scheduled to begin on July 1st. Many medicinal growers plan to supply the recreational market, but will need to increase their production and expand their operational footprint to meet projected demand. This Read More

Municipalities and Solar

In today’s budget climate, cities and towns across the Common Wealth/New England are highly motivated to explore a variety of options to reduce their operating costs. Solar energy has caught their attention as a compelling solution to lower their energy expenditures. Increasingly towns and cities are taking a comprehensive approach to solar, and are strategically Read More

[NEREJ Feature] The End of Year is a Good Time to Take a Look at Your Energy Strategy

We all know the drill. As the year comes to a close, we begin thinking about new plans for the coming year. We have great visions for new priorities and projects and finally addressing those nagging issues that we didn’t get to this year. Then reality sets in; from end-of-year reporting to holiday parties, it Read More