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Top 5 Reasons Why Solar Panels Are Worth It in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts is considered a leading solar state. Find out why solar is so popular

Despite the state’s reputation for its cold, snowy winters, going solar is in fact a great way for Massachusetts residents to save money on their power bills. In this article we take a look at why solar panels are such a great investment for your home or business in Massachusetts.

Why are solar panels so popular in Massachusetts?

2015 was a big year for residential solar power for the USA. Massachusetts is going to be one of the states that leads the way as more and more Massachusetts homeowners and businesses discover the benefits of rooftop solar panels in MA. Once a state filled with underserved renewable demand, Massachusetts is starting to heat up as a leading solar state, according to various data reports.  Continue reading

New York’s fracking ban: Gas on the way out, solar in for Empire State’s energy future?

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At the end of last year, governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State will put a stop to high volume hydraulic fracking (HVHF, also known as ‘fracking’) within its borders – making it the second state (Vermont being the first) to ban the controversial practice. Environmentalists have applauded the decision, and a recent Quinnipiac University poll found that over half of New Yorkers approve as well.

Here we look at three questions about New York’s decision to put fracking activities on hold:

  1. Why was fracking banned in New York state?
  2. How will the ban affect electricity prices in New York?
  3. How does the fracking ban fit into the state’s longer-term goal of fostering greater uptake of renewable energy technologies like rooftop solar panels?

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EnergySage and Massachusetts Sierra Club announce solar partnership

EnergySage is pleased to announce the development of a formal relationship with the Massachusetts Sierra Club to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies, such as solar photovoltaic (electric), solar thermal (hot water) and geothermal-heat pump (space cooling and heating) systems. The joint effort will focus on proactive outreach, education and free advocacy services for owners and decision-makers at commercial properties, including businesses, religious institutions, government buildings, schools and non-profits. The details of this partnership can be viewed here. Continue reading

Should You Cut Down Trees to Improve Solar Panel Performance?

The environmental benefits of solar power are often quantified in terms of an equivalent number of trees planted. Ironically, maximizing those benefits may involve cutting down trees. Does it ever make sense to sacrifice a tree for the greater good? Sometimes, the answer is “yes.” It’s not always an easy decision, so here’s some information that may help you decide if that’s the right way to go. Continue reading

The Sunny Side of Corporate America: Companies Making Headlines for Going Solar

Historically, environmentalists and multinational corporations have usually been on opposite sides of the fence. Recently, however, the two groups have found some common ground: solar power. Corporations are realizing that what’s in the best interest of their businesses and what’s in the best interest of the environment aren’t mutually exclusive, and as the costs of installing solar panels have plummeted, many corporate giants are adopting solar as a way to slash their energy costs and increase profits, while also creating goodwill with their stakeholders. Continue reading

Going Solar with No Money Down – Part 2

Solar Lease/PPA vs Viridian vs EverSource Green

In Part 1 of Going Solar with No Money Down we introduced four ways to power your home with renewable energy for little or no upfront costs: solar leases, solar power purchase agreements (PPAs), Viridian Energy, and EverSource Green. So, now that you know what your options are, let’s weigh them against one another to see how they measure up. Continue reading

Are You a Begley or Buffet? What Clean Energy Benefits Matter Most to You?

There are a lot of different motivators that drive property owners to consider clean energy systems such as solar energy panels, small wind or geothermal systems. When you think about alternative energy, how do you approach the decision? Do you take an Ed Begley, Jr. approach rooted exclusively in the environmental benefits? Or, is your approach more akin to someone like Warren Buffet who weighs the pros and cons from an investor’s point of view? Continue reading