Resources

Community Solar Organizations

Yeloha (for profit) — http://www.yeloha.com

Sells “solar subscriptions” to households wanting power generated on another homeowner’s roof. Also installs free solar panels on households with roofs that are well-sited for solar, in return for to a portion of the power generated by the free array.

Cloud Solar (for profit) — http://www.gocloudsolar.com

Sells panels at a solar PV farm sited at a remote location. The purchaser gets the tax benefits and the power generated by his or her panels.

Solstice Initiative (nonprofit) — http://www.solsticeinitiative.com

Sells power from community solar installations.

Nexamp (for profit) — http://www.nexamp.com

Sells power from community solar installations.

Clean Energy Collective (for profit) — http://www.easycleanenergy.com/

Offers clean power-generation through medium-scale facilities that are collectively owned by participating utility customers.

Solar Sales & Installation

Solar Flair Energy (for profit) — http://www.solarflair.com

Designs and installs solar electric and hot water systems for homes, businesses, and governments.

Solar City (for profit) — http://solarcity.com

Sells/leases and installs solar systems for homes, businesses, and governments.

Other Resources

Mass Save (nonprofit) — http://www.masssave.com/

Provides information on energy audits for homes and businesses. Also provides referrals for businesses and homeowners who want energy audits for their property.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (quasi-state agency) — http://www.masscec.com/

Provides early-stage investments to startup companies, funds renewable energy rebates for residents and businesses

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (nonprofit) — https://www.massenergy.org

Founded in 1982. Sells green electricity and discounted heating oil, including biodiesel; provides tips on energy efficiency.

HEET (nonprofit) — http://heetma.org/help-for-energy-hogs

Offers comprehensive efficiency upgrades to nonprofits in Cambridge, Boston, Salem and Quincy who own their buildings.

Electric Vehicles For Use In Municipal Fleets

Massachusetts state subsidies to cities and towns that switch to EVs and/or build charging stations: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/grants/massevip.html

EVs in use in municipal fleets:

Ashland: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20150514/news/150517530
Nantucket: http://www.ackenergy.org/electric-vehicles.html
Braintree: http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20141227/News/141227835
Scituate: http://scituate.wickedlocal.com/article/20150828/NEWS/150827271
Weymouth:  http://somerville.wickedlocal.com/news/20161227/weymouth-adds-electric-and-hybrid-cars-to-fleet

Natural Gas, Pipelines, and Compressor Stations

FRRACS and opposition to the planned Fore River Compressor Station — http://www.nocompressor.com/

Greenhouse gas emissions from burning natural gas vs. greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal — http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2011/04/fracking-leaks-may-make-gas-dirtier-coal

Video of Curt Nordgaard, MD, discussing his research on the health effects of living near a compressor station — Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVb2CQ2ml-8 ; Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hMkrvXih8s ; Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAOIYwmjajM

Massachusetts attorney general’s report finds no need for new gas infrastructure —
http://www.mass.gov/ago/news-and-updates/press-releases/2015/2015-11-18-electric-reliability-study.html

Recycling and Composting

Anaerobic digestion of organic waste FAQs — http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/climate-energy/energy/anaerobic-digestion/anaerobic-digestion-questions-and-answers.html

Converting food waste to energy using anaerobic digestion — http://www.waste360.com/Recycling_And_Processing/composting-anaerobic-digestion-201103

Cambridge pilot curbside food waste collection, soon to go citywide — http://www.cambridgema.gov/theworks/ourservices/recyclingandtrash/curbsidecollections/compostingquestions/curbsidecompostpilot

EPA info on energy saved by recycling plastics, paper, metals, and glass, including an online energy savings calculator — https://www.epa.gov/climatechange/climate-change-and-waste

EPA info on greenhouse gas reduction and other benefits of composting — https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/reducing-impact-wasted-food-feeding-soil-and-composting

Fact sheet on composting and greenhouse gas reduction — http://turningearthllc.com/what-we-do-2/compost-and-soil-amendments/composting-and-climate-change/

Stanford University FAQ on energy savings from recycling — http://bgm.stanford.edu/pssi_faq_benefits

Wind Power

Prospects for offshore wind in Massachusetts and other East Coast states:

Advances in offshore wind turbines — http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterdetwiler/2017/01/01/giant-wind-turbines-now-at-eight-megawatts-and-getting-larger/#79f46b71671b

Enabling legislation in Massachusetts — https://insideclimatenews.org/news/02082016/massachusetts-ambitious-clean-energy-bill-jolts-offshore-wind-prospects

Eversource buys in — https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/12/14/eversource-invests-wind-farm-project-off-martha-vineyard/Dp0P8ElriHH5gR4UoI2fiL/story.html

Offshore wind ramps up on East Coast — https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/08/08/at-long-last-the-u-s-offshore-wind-industry-is-ramping-up/?utm_term=.1df43cd921e2

http://www.dongenergy.com/en/media/newsroom/news/articles/partnership-to-make-large-scale-offshore-wind-a-reality-in-the-us

New Bedford as the staging area — http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/fy2017/offshore-wind-developers-sign-agreement-in-new-bedford.html