Within the solar energy industry, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is looked to as a leading source of information on renewable energy policy -- at the municipal, state and federal levels. In addition to helping run the DSIRE database, the organization issues countless reports and studies on things like net metering, interconnection and workforce development.
$16.25 million in federal stimulus funds will be put to work making the Bay State more energy efficient. The funds are part of Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts Recovery Plan and are intended to support "innovative ways of achieving dramatic energy savings in buildings across the Commonwealth", according to the press release. Of the 11 projects that will be made possible by this money, the largest share went to a perhaps unexpected source: a low-income, tenant-owned 500-unit apartment complex in the South End. The Castle Square Tenant's Organization (CTSO) will use their $4.4 million award to enact whole-building efficiency measures: