Solar

New York News
6:30 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Report Shows Solar Job Growth Throughout Northeast

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The Solar Foundation has issued its national Solar Jobs Census 2013 showing what it calls “record-breaking job growth” in the solar industry, including a surge in the Northeast.

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North Country News
7:45 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

VT Prison Wants To Install Solar Array

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The Vermont prison in St. Johnsbury is planning to install a solar array outside the facility's fence as a way to help save money.

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New York News
7:41 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Skidmore College Solar Array Gets OK From Greenfield Planning Board

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Correction 10/11/13: The fence surrounding the array will be six-feet high, not five, as previously reported.

Greenfield’s planning board voted this week to approve Skidmore College’s application for a Planned Unit Development – or PUD. The project involves the construction of a 2-megawatt solar array on a 120-acre parcel of land owned by the college that currently contains baseball and polo fields.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Utility Limits Net Metering

Net Metering
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The Washington Electric Cooperative, a small utility in Vermont, has announced that it will set limits on net metering systems. That has raised concerns from advocacy groups who say such a move could discourage development of solar installations.

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New York News
5:45 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Report Cites Twelve Top Solar States

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A new report released this morning ranks the top 12 solar producing states.  Vermont and Massachusetts are among the leaders and New York is swiftly climbing the ranks.

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New England News
12:48 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Massachusetts Sets New Solar Energy Target

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials announced yesterday a new target for solar energy installation in the commonwealth.

In his first term, Governor Patrick set a goal of reaching 250 megawatts of solar energy installed statewide by 2017. That goal has been reached four years early, prompting the Patrick-Murray Administration to set a new target of 1.6 gigwatts of solar power by 2020. 

Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan said that the rate of solar installation is increasing rapidly.

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New England News
5:28 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Community Corner: Alicia Barton, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

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The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced that ten communities in the commonwealth will participate in a new round of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's Solarize Mass program, which encourages small businesses and home owners to invest in solar energy. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Executive Director and CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Alicia Barton.

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WAMC News
12:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New College Solar Array Aims to Educate Students and Farmers About Alternative Energy

The array and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Secretary Chuck Ross and UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Tom Vogelmann.
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A new solar installation at the University of Vermont is targeting not only powering part of the campus, but enhancing Vermont’s statewide agriculture sector.

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New England News
3:41 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Massachusetts Solar Program Drawing Attention

Rock Point School Solar Array
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Two Berkshire communities are participating in a statewide effort to expand the use of solar energy in private homes and small businesses. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to expand small-scale solar projects throughout the state with in its Solarize Massachusetts program.

Pittsfield and Lenox, two designated Green Communities, will be holding community forums to educate the public about solar energy and the Solarize Mass program.

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New England News
4:59 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Pittsfield Gives OK to Ponterril Solar Project

Rock Point School Solar Array
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Pittsfield’s Zoning Board of Appeals gave unanimous approval to a 22 acre solar array on the former YMCA Camp at Ponterril. The $20 million project would sit on the 77-acre site overlooking Pontoosuc Lake, and generate three megawatts of electricity. The electricity would then be sold to the Western Massachusetts Electric Company.

Deanna Ruffer, Pittsfield’s Community Development Director, said that the project owned by Connecticut-based CTC electric, will be welcome as the city’s fourth solar project.

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