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On June 15th, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will be holding its Clean Energy Connections event at the Conference Center at Massasoit Community College in Brockton. Through this event, DOER seeks to learn from clean energy project implementers about their experiences, their leadership role in this growing sector, and areas where DOER and other clean energy stakeholders can help maintain the momentum in clean energy investment in the Commonwealth.

The agenda for this event can be found here. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

DOER is encouraging attendance for the entire day to ensure an engaging and fruitful dialogue in the morning roundtable discussions and in the afternoon interactive workshop sessions.  

The Conference Center at Massasoit is located at 770 Crescent Street (Route 27) in Brockton – on the Whitman line – and is accessible from Routes 3 and 24.  There is ample free parking and nearby accommodations for overnight guests.

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Massachusetts cities and towns seeking technical assistance with their energy efficiency or solar PV projects may be interested in the Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) recent solicitation for Owner’s Agent Technical Assistance (PON-ENE-2012-014). Municipalities can apply for Owner’s Agents Technical Assistance to support their solar power purchase agreements (PPA) or energy-efficiency performance contract (ESCO) projects.

DOER anticipates awarding 10-15 municipalities up to $10,000 worth of technical assistance services. Grants are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis, and applications are due by June 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM.

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The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has published a new resource for those seeking to learn more about solar PV on landfills. This publication, The Guide to Developing Solar Photovoltaics at Massachusetts Landfills, is a 40-page guide intended to  help local officials identify, evaluate, and pursue opportunities to use undeveloped landfill space to generate electricity. The guidebook speaks to the physical requirements of PV systems, project economics, landfill considerations, procurement details, and the PV development process.

For The Guide to Developing Solar Photovoltaics at Massachusetts Landfills, click here.

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in partnership with DOER, has selected the following 17 Green Communities to participate in the 2012 round of the Solarize Mass Program: 

  • Acton
  • Arlington
  • Boston
  • Hopkinton
  • Melrose
  • Mendon
  • Montague
  • Newburyport
  • Palmer
  • Pittsfield-Lenox
  • Shirley
  • Sutton-Millbury
  • Wayland-Sudbury-Lincoln

For those interested in learning more about the Solarize Mass model or implementing a similar program in their own community, MassCEC has posted an overview of the 2011 Solarize Mass Pilot Program on their website (available here).

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) are requesting proposals from designated Green Communities interested in participating in the second round of Solarize Massachusetts. This program aims to drive community adoption of PV projects through localized marketing and installation efforts, which in turn will help reduce the installation costs of small-scale PV projects within SolarizeMass communities.

 Per MassCEC, those applicants that “demonstrate a clear and committed plan to increasing education and outreach around solar PV, as well as how to streamline the permitting processes around small-scale solar PV installations, will be highly competitive.”

MassCEC will be accepting responses until March 21, 2012, and a bidder’s conference is scheduled for February 27th.

More information about this solicitation can be found here.

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The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and Renewable Sales held a Building Energy-caliber session at Renewable Sales’ showroom at 35 Jeffrey Avenue in Holliston, MA on February 16, 2012.

The evening featured networking in the Renewable Sales showroom followed by a discussion facilitated by The Cadmus Group about Massachusetts municipal solar PPA projects. Meg Lusardi, Director of the Green Communities Division of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), spoke to the Department’s support for community scale renewable energy and outlined DOER resources available to Massachusetts municipalities. The panel featured case studies from the City of Medford and Town of Natick –two of the communities that receive technical assistance services from Cadmus. Cadmus spoke to best practices and lessons learned from our efforts working with local cities and towns on their renewable energy projects. We also reviewed how developers and vendors can apply these lessons when doing business with Massachusetts cities and towns.

Read more about the February NESEA/Renewable Sales event at Medford’s blog, The Medford Patch

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Cadmus staff presented key challenges and best practices for community renewable energy projects at the MMA annual conference and trade show on January 20th. In a panel entitled “Making Money While the Sun Shines,” Cadmus answered specific questions from community representatives about current or planned solar PV projects.

If your community has lingering questions about solar PV or solar Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), the slides presented at this panel may be a great resource. A copy of the slides can be downloaded here: Cadmus_MMA 2012 Annual Conf_011912

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