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Women expanding horizons with solar in Lebanon

March 8, 2017

Today, on International Women’s Day, the women of Deir Kanoun Ras el Ain cooperative in South Lebanon embarked on a quiet revolution. Together with young activists from Palestine, Lebanon and Syria, they completed a solar energy installation that will provide regular and reliable power — and improve women’s lives.

100% renewable energy bill filed in Massachusetts

January 29, 2017

Press release from Environment Massahusetts:

State Representative Sean Garballey (D-Arlington), State Representative Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge), and State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) filed a bill today that would commit Massachusetts to obtain 100 percent of its energy from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind.

Indiana introduces legislation that could kill solar

January 29, 2017
Indiana legislators have introduced a bill that many fear could kill the state’s solar industry by ending net metering and also essentially preventing people from using the energy from their own solar panels.

US DOE Solar in Your Community Challenge

November 24, 2016

The SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge is a prize competition that aims to expand solar electricity access to all Americans, especially underserved segments such as low- and moderate-income (LMI) households state, local, and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations.

DOER Proposed Solar Incentives

October 25, 2016

MassSolar presented an overview of the DOER's proposed next generation solar incentives at the Boston Area Solar Energy Association on October 13th. 

The intent of the presentation was to provide enough background information on the proposal to allow for solar advocates to make comments to the DOER. 

Newton to Announce Groundbreaking Program to Provide Solar Credits to Low-Income Households

October 19, 2016

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.

MassDEP seeks input on how to tackle climate change

September 29, 2016

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.

35 Massachusetts Candidates Pledge to Refuse Money from Major Fossil Fuel and Utility Companies

September 2, 2016

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. 

Massachusetts Community Solar Industry at Risk Due to Regulatory Changes

July 27, 2016

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.

Leading the way to 100% renewable energy

July 26, 2016

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

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