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Spark is your source for the latest solar energy insights, energy savings inspiration, incentives and financing information, and more. We hope it sparks a discussion about solar at your company or organization.

The Clock is Ticking for MA SMART Incentives

Thinking that waiting a few months to begin a solar project doesn’t matter? Think again. In Massachusetts, the solar incentives from the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program significantly impacts the financial return of a solar project.

Solar Plus Rooftops: A Match Made in heaven

Generous federal and state incentives, technological advancements, soaring electricity costs, and ambitious sustainability goals are driving widespread adoption of solar photovoltaic technology, with solar arrays being installed on parking lots, farms, and even lakes.

How Connecticut’s updated solar incentive program can benefit my business

Earlier this year, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved updates to the Non-Residential Renewable Energy Solutions (NRES) program, a statewide, six-year solar program that supports Connecticut’s goal of carbon-free electricity by 2040.

Overcoming the Cost Barrier: Making Solar Adoption Affordable for All Organizations

As organizations in the Northeast look for ways to save on energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint, solar energy is increasingly becoming the go-to solution. Despite the generous federal and state incentives, the initial cost of a solar installation can be a perceived barrier for some.

Solect Energy: Your Partner for Sustainable Compliance

As emission reduction mandates gain traction in Massachusetts, commercial building owners face growing pressure to adopt sustainable practices. With the implementation of stretch energy codes and net zero opt-in energy codes in communities throughout the state, decarbonization has become mandatory in most places.

Why Solar Carports Now Have More Financial Upside in Massachusetts Than Before

For years, savvy businesses in Massachusetts have been transforming their parking areas into assets that reduce costs and generate revenue by installing solar carports. These elevated canopy structures with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels produce clean, renewable energy that can be used on-site or sent back to the grid.

Empty Buildings?

Here’s a Reliable Tenant for You The commercial real estate industry is in uncharted territory. Hybrid and remote work, layoffs, and volatile interest rates are resulting in historic highs for vacancy rates and ongoing occupancy losses. The struggle to fill empty offices is a national phenomenon.

Get Ready for Peak Demand

Are you looking for ways to reduce your organization’s operating costs? As the long, hot days of summer approach, there is one particular hour on one specific day that deserves your attention. That hour is known as peak demand, and your energy consumption during that hour substantially impacts your organization’s energy expenses.

Why Connecticut Schools Are Going Solar in 2023

K-12 schools across the United States are switching to solar power to meet their energy needs and sustainability goals. According to data from Generation180, a nonprofit organization promoting clean energy, nearly one in ten public schools now has solar panels, and Connecticut is ranked 8th in the nation for the number of schools with solar.

Don’t miss out on Connecticut’s Solar Incentives

The Non-Residential Renewable Energy Solutions (NRES) program offers generous solar incentives for Connecticut businesses and property owners to transition to low cost, renewable energy – a proven way to save money on your electric bills, stabilize your electricity rates, or add a new source of revenue.

Tax credits for nonprofits to go solar?

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “Act”) has generated a lot of buzz – and rightly so. This is a nearly $400 billion legislative package that expands tax incentives and discounts for solar, energy storage, and other renewable energy resources.

Quick look at how the new federal solar incentives can help your business

The recent signing of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 has generated both excitement and confusion for businesses and property owners. There are 730 pages of dense legalese on a range of topics, with various provisions, that require further guidance by the U.S. Department of Treasury.