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As governor-elect Charlie Baker pieces together his administration, advocates for solar power are urging the Massachusetts Republican to make the renewable energy source a key initiative.

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A new poll shows upstate New Yorkers believe in higher quality care for veterans.

One positive impact of the recent VA scandal may be that Americans’ attitudes and understanding of the challenges returning veterans face have sharpened. Long wait times and dishonest record keeping at some VA sites led to the ouster of Secretary Eric Shinseki and has forced a reexamination of how the country should treat its booming Iraq and Afghanistan veteran population.

New York has announced it will bundle its multiple solar programs into the unified statewide NY-Sun Incentive Program. The billion-dollar initiative aims to add more than 3,000 megawatts of installed solar capacity by 2023.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says combining the programs will bolster the state's solar economy. NY-Sun will administer procedures now overseen by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority , Long Island Power Authority , PSEG Long Island, and New York Power Authority.

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Since Governor Andrew Cuomo launched the NY-Sun initiative in 2012, his office says approximately 300 megawatts of photovoltaic generation capacity has been installed or is under development — more than what was installed in New York in the previous decade. Interest in solar projects has yet to peak...

Last week, the state announced that solar energy installers working with nonresidential clients will be allocated $60 million in the program's third round of funding.


An event Sunday, March 2 at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts aims to inform area residents about solar power.

Malcom Fick is the solar coach for Great Barrington. He says nearly 300 people from Great Barrington and Egremont have signed up for solar assessments with the selected installer, RGS Energy.

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Businesses and individuals in Western Massachusetts are learning about a variety of options to address energy costs.

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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.


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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Business and energy industry leaders have gathered in Troy for the two-day "Capture the Energy" conference.

Frank Murray is President and CEO of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - NYSERDA helped sponsor the event, organized by New York Best, a consortium of government, academia and private industry focused on developing the energy storage industry in New York State.

Michael Field is with the Raymond Corporation in Green, New York just North of Binghamton. He says with new technologies, those new jobs will come.

SolarCity, a national chain of solar energy infrastructure installation and maintenance professionals, is expanding its Albany operation center, and has announced they are hiring for 34 positions across the state, including eight at their Albany location.

The expansion coincides with the company’s approval last week as a fully affiliated contractor by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and their accreditation in June as an affiliate contractor in NYSERDA’s Home Performance with Energy Star Program.