Mayor Setti Warren, along with representatives from Eversource, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), and Newton’s Director of Sustainability Andrew Savitz, will announce the Newton Community Share Solar Initiative (CoSSi) at City Hall on October 19th.
This unique program will provide economic benefits to over one thousand low- income Newton households by sharing solar credits from the City’s solar development projects. It will also reduce the City’s carbon footprint, increasing the amount of clean, renewable energy in the community.
As you may know, Massachuetts is required by law to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That's because of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), a law passed by the legislature in 2008. The GWSA requires, among other things, that Massachusetts reduce GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
The climate advocacy organization 350 Mass Action has formally launched the Clean Money for Climate Pledge, which calls on candidates running for office in Massachusetts to refuse campaign contributions from executives, lobbyists, and others employed by ten major fossil fuel and utility companies through the duration of the 2016 election cycle.
As of this morning, 35 candidates for state legislature had signed the pledge, including Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Pacheco.
More and more people are interested in ‘going solar,’ but most people cannot put solar panels on their roof. Imagine this: you want to go solar, get an on-site assessment, and find out that your roof is not adequate due to tree shading, direction of the roof, or age of the roof. Over the last couple of years, community solar has emerged as a solution to this problem. Community solar involves building off-site solar arrays that produce enough energy for dozens or even hundreds of homes.
Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center has offered a preview of their new report, which identifies cities and towns leading the way towards 100% renewable energy. The report, Renewable Communities, will feature profiles of Melrose, Boston, Auburn, Holyoke, and 12 other Massachusetts cities and towns that are adopting far-reaching clean energy and energy e
More than 2,000 people die each year in Boston alone from breathing air pollution from burning fossil fuels. That is the third worst death rate per capita from particulate matter pollution of all the major US metropolitan areas.
It’s easy to marvel at the U.S.’ largest solar plant, located in the Mojave Desert: The Ivanpah concentrating solar power plant takes advantage of abundant sunlight to create almost as much electricity as a tr