Updates

After the Hurricane, Solar Kept Florida Homes and a City’s Traffic Lights Running

By using energy storage with solar panels, some homeowners were able to go off-grid, showing how distributed power could speed future storm recovery. Read about it here.

Hawaii’s 100% Renewable Energy Story

100% renewable energy is possible! Watch this video to see how Hawaii is achieving it.

Keep It 100

The unimaginable is now possible: 100% renewable energy. We can’t settle for less. Read Bill McKibben’s call for a rapid conversion of energy systems around the country to 100 percent renewable power here.

Dark Clouds Threaten Massachusetts Solar Policies

Solar energy is an incredible resource for Massachusetts, with approximately 15,000 jobs and 1600 megawatts of installations powering the Commonwealth’s economy and clean energy future. Massachusetts’ solar industry has thrived because our state has chosen to support clean energy and growth has come in conjunction with strong policy as well as the falling cost of photovoltaic energy (PV). Massachusetts has developed 80x more solar than it had in 2007, but the industry today is running into a series of stark challenges and policy barriers. Read more about the history and future of solar in MA here.

Green Communities Resolutions Pass at Town Meeting

On May 1 at Sharon Town Meeting, two key articles passed that will help us on the way to becoming a Green Community. No Sharon Gas Pipeline backed the board of selectmen’s articles 24 that allowed as-of-right siting for renewable energy and 25 that allowed adoption of the Stretch Energy Code for construction. The articles passed nearly unanimously.

Green Communities

On February 14, 2017 Seth Pickering, our Green Communities Representative from the Department of Energy Resources, made a presentation to Sharon Board of Selectmen. View the presentation slides here.

Sharon Advocate

February 17th, 2017 by Gerry Tuoti
Bill targets 100 percent renewable energy goal
Every house, building and car in Massachusetts would be powered by renewable energy sources in the coming decades under a new bill in the state legislature. Continue reading

Mass Live

February 13, 2107 by SHira Schoenberg
Environmentalists push for 100% renewable energy use in Massachusetts
A group of environmentalists are calling on Massachusetts to get an increasing amount of its energy from renewable sources.

“With officials in Washington, D.C., threatening to roll back clean energy and climate policies, it’s time for states to step up,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director of Environment Massachusetts. Continue reading

Archives

Understanding the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) – Webinar recording

Joel Wool, of Clean water Action, and Eugenia Gibbons, of MassEnergy Alliance, provide an overview of what the RPS is, including its role in achieving GWSA compliance and as a foundation for a fully renewable transition. The presentation also provides a summary of key findings from the analysis released in May and helps outline how to respond to some of the questions/push back you may receive when speaking to decision-makers about the RPS. View YouTube webinar recording.

Green Communities BOS presentation

On February 14, 2017 Seth Pickering, our Green Communities Representative from the Department of Energy Resources, made a presentation to Sharon Board of Selectmen. View the presentation slides here.

Mass Power Forward Fact Sheet

Learn more about why clean energy is the right choice for you town and how to help your town make the transition to 100% renewable energy.
Moving Toward 100% Local Clean Energy

Governor’s Executive Order 569

On September 16, 2016 Governor Baker signed an Executive Order Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth. Read it here.